Factory fire - Fowlmere - South Cambs

Crews were called to a fire in a factory in The Way, Fowlmere, involving hazardous materials.

Smoke was issuing from a single storey factory building, measuring approximately 50m by 20m, that was also used to store a metal powder.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used jets, hose reels and hydrants to extinguish the fire. The incident ground was split into different sections to manage and the fire was isolated to the main factory area and so did not spread to other parts of the building. The fire was extinguished by 7.30pm.

No one was inside the property at the time of the fire.
Crews then used thermal image cameras to check for hotspots, and positive pressure ventilation fans to clear smoke.

The crews that attended the incident were: Cambridge crew and MultiStar aerial appliance, St Neots hazardous materials team, Huntingdon command unit and support crew, Linton, Royston (Herts), and two Essex fire engines from Saffron Walden and Newport.
All crews had returned to their stations by 11.15pm.

The fire was started accidentally by a chemical reaction.
Station Commander Stuart Smith said: “All the crews worked hard to contain the fire to the area where it broke out and prevent it from spreading to other parts of the building.”