Finally, some good news for the people of Littleport – the fire at the tyres recycling plant which has burned for six weeks looks like it could soon be fully extinguished.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service hope the inferno at Murfitts tyres recycling plant will be put out by the end of next week.
Firefighters have been gradually extinguishing the flames by breaking up the piles of 2,000 tonnes of rubber tyres and using water to cool them off section by section, according to the report in a report in the Cambridge News.
Now, all that remains is one large pile of tyres, which the service says will be put out in the same way.
A spokeswoman for the service said: “If we can continue extinguishing the fire at this rate, we are hoping to have it out by the end of next week.
“There are obviously factors which could affect this but we are on course.
“We are using the same process to extinguish the one remaining pile as we have with all the smaller piles, which has proven to be a successful procedure.”
Littleport came to a standstill on August 21, when thick, black smoked billowed from the recycling plant and residents were urged to keep their homes sealed.
Denna Bowman, Head Office