By Denna Bowman
Local residents are fuming after being told that a massive inferno at a tyres recycling plant, which has been burning for three weeks, could take another month to extinguish fully.
A staggering 2,000 tonnes of tyres went up in flames at Murfitts in Littleport, and are still blazing at 700C, bringing misery to residents and businesses in the area.
Firefighters have been using a range of treatments in an attempt to put out the flames, but Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said it would be a long process to put out the blaze.
Littleport came to a standstill on August 21, when thick, black smoke billowed from the industrial yard and residents were urged to keep their homes sealed.
Families told Cambridge News of their “living nightmare” as the fire service said it would have to let their fire burn out – and the village’s health centre reported an increase in people suffering from smoke-related ailments.