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Building fire - Wisbech - Fenland

At 10.58am on Sunday (24) crews were called to a fire on Brigstock Road in Wisbech.

Around 50 firefighters, including crews from Cambridgeshire (two crews from Wisbech, one crew from Whittlesey, one crew from March, one crew from Chatteris, one crew from Dogsthorpe and the north roaming fire engine), Norfolk (crews from Kings Lynn, Terrington St Clement and Wymondham) and Lincolnshire (Holbeach) attended the scene initially.

Crews arrived to find a well-developed fire at an industrial building. The fire involved large quantities off wood and was spreading rapidly. Wearing breathing apparatus they quickly sectorised the building to stop the fire spread and used hose reels and jets to bring the fire under control.

Water carriers from Ramsey and Holbeach were needed to maintain the supply of water to fight the fire. Aerial appliances from Stanground and Kings Lynn were required to tackle the fire from above.

Crews remained at the scene throughout the night to dampen down hot spots and keep the area safe.

An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.


Update - Friday June 29

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing and likely to last another few weeks.

The building structure was compromised as a result of the intense heat. Now the fire is fully extinguished, a structural survey needs to be carried out to ensure it is safe to enter to continue the investigation.