Firefighters from Littleport, Ely, Chatteris and Newmarket save house after caravan blaze spirals out of control

Caravan fire in Cophall Drove, Little Downham.

Caravan fire in Cophall Drove, Little Downham. - Credit: Archant

A fire in a static caravan spiralled out of control and quickly engulfed several other vehicles and a large pile of rubbish.

Firefighters from Ely, Littleport, Chatteris and Newmarket, were called to Cophall Drove, in Little Downham, shortly before 2.30pm, on Wednesday, following reports that a static caravan had caught fire.

The blaze had spread to a towing caravan, an HGV trailer, transit van and a large quantity of rubbish.

A number of cylinders were also involved in the incident.

Firefighters used hose reels and jets to extinguish the fire, with the assistance of a water carrier from Newmarket. A water shuttle was set up owing to restricted local water supplies.


You may also want to watch:


The fire was extinguished by 6.13pm and crews returned to their stations by 8pm. There were no reports of injuries.

Station commander, Pete Jones said: “The property involved in the fire has been completely destroyed, however, crews worked hard to protect an adjacent house which they successfully saved.

Most Read

“Their efforts were hampered by very restricted access to water, which is why a water shuttle was quickly established to aid fire-fighting efforts.”

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter