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.

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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.

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“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.

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