Over 30 firefighters tackle blaze at new-build home construction site

A firefighter points a hose at the blaze.

Over 30 firefighters attended the fire at a building site in Gunthorpe. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Over 30 firefighters tackled a "significant" fire at a building site in Peterborough early this morning (April 13).

Two buildings were involved and the fire was on course to spread to nearby properties and a skip.

Crews from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to the inferno on Manor Drive, Gunthorpe, at 12.44am.

A building site on fire.

Two buildings were involved and the fire was set to spread to nearby properties. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Separate teams from Stanground, Dogsthorpe, the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade, Thorney, Yaxley and Huntingdon - plus a water carrier from Ramsey - all attended the event. 

The firefighters used jets and hose reels to surround the fire and prevent further spread, before finally extinguishing it.

A smaller fire burning in the building.

Firefighters used jets and hose reels to surround the fire and prevent further spread, before eventually extinguishing the blaze. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire fighters remained on the scene throughout the morning to ensure the safety of the area.

An investigation has now been launched into the cause of the blaze.

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A spokesperson from Cambridgeshire Police, who were also called to the incident, said: "We were called at 12.50am today (April 13) with reports of a fire at two adjacent properties under construction in Manor Drive, Peterborough.

Fire in Gunthorpe destroys new build on building site in Gunthorpe, Peterborough.

An investigation has now been launched into the cause of the blaze. - Credit: Terry Harris

“Nobody was injured and an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.”

MP Paul Bristow said: "After the fire and mindless destruction in Manor Drive in the early hours of this morning - I went on site - with Deputy Police and Crime Commisioner John Peach and spoke with Keep Moat - the developer - and with local residents.

"Most important thing is that no one was hurt. 

Paul Bristow MP on site. 

Paul Bristow MP on site. - Credit: Facebook

"Thank goodness for the fire safety features built into the houses - this stopped the fire spreading to nearby occupied homes!

"I trust the police will fully investigate this incident - as arson seems to be the most likely explanation.

"Finally - I have knocked on a few nearby houses and will do so again later.  

"If local residents need support or advice - you can contact my office by email - paul@paulbristow.org.uk."