A fire department chief has defended the decision to allow a massive fire at a tyres plant in Littleport to continue smouldering for several weeks to come, despite complaints from nearby residents.
Thick smoke is still billowing from the scene, but Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service have abandoned any hope of extinguishing the tyres fire, because it could take vast amounts of water and cause even more smoke.
Alan Brown, fire service area manager, said: “I have been with the fire service for more than 20 years and this is certainly one of the most challenging incidents I have had to deal with.
“When material like this goes up it becomes complicated to deal with because it becomes incredibly hot and forms a seal which then makes it hard for us to get water into the right area.”
The cause of the blaze which started at Murfitts Industries on August 21st, is still not known.
Mr Brown added: “We decided together with other agencies then that the best decision for the surrounding area was the let the fire burn itself out because to completely put it out would take thousands of gallons of water and would actually create more of the thick black smoke we saw on August 21.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office