Used fireworks blamed for blaze that broke out in buildings at Prickwillow near Ely

A container was destroyed in the blaze.

A container was destroyed in the blaze. - Credit: Archant

A box of used fireworks caused a blaze to break out in Prickwillow, today.

Firefighters from Littleport and Ely were called to a building fire in Branch Bank, at 12.21am.

A fire had broken out involving two large storage containers.

Crews set up a water shuttle and used jets and hose reels to extinguish it by 2.48am.

Crews returned to their stations by 3.45am.


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The cause of the fire was accidental, believed to have started by used fireworks that had been left in a cardboard box next to the storage containers.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Bonfire might may be over, however, some families may still be planning to have firework celebrations in their gardens at the weekend.

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“This incident is an example of how fireworks can remain hot and still cause fires even after they’ve been used, which is why it is extremely important that when the public use fireworks, they read the instructions on the box and take safety measures.”

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