There’s more misery in store for the families who suffered for weeks when a tyres recycling plant went up in flames this summer.
Home and business owners have been urged to call in the professionals to clean and repair their properties after 2000 tonnes of shredded tyres went up in flames in late August.
The blaze at Murfitt’s Industries in Littleport took almost seven weeks to completely extinguish and local people were forced to live in rented accommodation because of pollution fears.
Now, with a major clean-up operation under way at the site itself, families are being advised to call in professional cleaning companies to help deal with the extensive damage.
However, many are worried that they will be left out of pocket if they can’t recover the costs from their insurance claims.
Yvonne Bartram, who owns stables near to the site, said: “I have had to pay out thousands of pounds from my own pocket for repairs to buildings and stables and I have had to pay costs to move my horses away from the smoke for three months. I don’t expect to get a penny back.
“My stables have really taken a hit and it has all been incredibly stressful for everyone involved, including the horses. I am trying to get money back for repairs to my house but even that is not guaranteed.”
The local district council has provided support and advice for local residents affected by the fire and has also advised all residents looking to start compensation claims to seek advice from the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux or from a solicitor.
Denna Bowman, Head Office