Fire in the open - Fengate - Peterborough

The fire service was called to a fire in the open in Fengate, Peterborough.

A crew from Dogsthorpe initially attended and found a large number of pallets well alight. Further crews from Whittlesey, Thorney, Stanground, Huntingdon, Wisbech and Market Deeping were called.

Crews are currently at work with jets to contain the fire and stop it from spreading to nearby buildings. A number of vehicles are also involved.

Update 3pm:

Seven fire engines and more than 40 fire service staff are in attendance at a fire involving a large quantity of wooden pallets and a number of vehicles. The exterior of a commercial building has been affected by fire.

The fire is under control and crews are working with hose reels, jets and monitors to continue to extinguish the fire.

A forklift is also being used to clear pallets to assist with firefighting.

Group Commander Gary Mitchley said: “The crews are working extremely hard in very tough conditions to do their best to tackle the fire. The early intervention by firefighters has contained the fire and stopped it from spreading. We will continue to extinguish the fire over the coming hours.”

The cause of the fire will be investigated once the fire is fully extinguished.

Update 4.30pm:

The fire is now extinguished and the incident is being scaled back.

Crews will be leaving the scene and will make regular inspections over the coming hours.

A full fire investigation will now be carried out to determine the cause of the fire.

Update midday, July 20:

A fire investigation has been completed and initial findings show the fire is believed to have been caused accidentally.

The most probable cause of the fire was discarded smoking materials, which ignited rubbish and undergrowth and spread to wooden pallets.