Out of control Whittlesey bonfire spreads to nearby sheds and a large storage building

Whittlesey shed fire: Cock Bank

Whittlesey shed fire: Cock Bank - Credit: Archant

A bonfire that got out of control spread to nearby sheds and a large storage building.

“Fast intervention from the crews prevented this fire destroying the largest building on the site,” said Jamie Johnson of Whittlesey on-call fire station.

Crews from Whittlesey, Stanground and Dogsthorpe were called to the fire in Cock Bank, Whittlesey, at lunchtime on Saturday.

A fire in two sheds had spread to a large storage building measuring 10m by 10m containing plastics.

“The buildings were 100 per cent involved in the fire,” said Mr Johnson.


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Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two jets, three hose reels and a light portable pump to use water from an open water source to extinguish the fire by 2.13pm.

A road was closed while firefighters tackled the fire.

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Crews dampened down and used a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots.

Crews returned to their stations by 3.55pm.

Mr Johnson said: “This fire started when a small bonfire accidentally spread to two sheds and a large storage building.

“We would always encourage both businesses and residents to dispose of their rubbish and materials responsibly by ideally taking them to a waste and recycling site.

“However, if you do light a bonfire, make sure it is well away from any property, never leave it unattended and do not pour accelerant on it.”

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