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Crews monitor tyre factory fire

Littleport fire plume
Plume of smoke from the fire in Littleport (pic: Laura Harvey)

Firefighters in Cambridgeshire remain at the scene of a fire at a tyre shredding factory.

Up to 10 crews worked through the night to control the fire, which continues to burn at Murfitt Industries, off Wisbech Road, near Littleport.

A smoke plume more than 200ft (61m) high could be seen for several miles.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had burned down "considerably". One fire engine is still on site.

Eight crews worked on clearing the periphery of the site in the early hours and moved lorries and vans to a safer location.

A diesel fuel tank and gas cylinders exploded in the fire on Friday evening, after it broke out in the afternoon.

Neighbouring residents were advised to shut doors and windows although smoke was being blown away from the town.

Two buildings next to the factory were destroyed by the fire.



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