Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Witham: Major blaze at aluminium factory under control after workers are evacuated

06:45 13 June 2014

Firefighters were at a major blaze at a factory in Witham

Firefighters were at a major blaze at a factory in Witham

Archant

Crews have been at the scene of a large fire at an industrial complex.

shares

Workers were evacuated from the Amtek Aluminium site in Freebornes Road, Witham as there were fears the fire would spread.

At 4.35am the fire had already penetrated the roof and walls of a building, measuring 100m x 50m, after breaking out in an extraction unit.

The site is made up of a number of smaller buildings all linked together, so crews had to work quickly to prevent the fire spreading. Attempts were made to shut down the electricity supply to the plant.

Firefighters surrounded the side wall of the building affected with hose reels and two main jets used.

An aerial platform was erected to pump water onto the roof with police called to direct traffic.

The incident commander reported that progress was being made by 5.30am as the fire in the extraction unit and side walls appeared to be out.

Crews have now located the fire in the extraction unit but its positioning means it is difficult to access.

A police spokesman said no-one had been hurt. Three appliances and an aerial ladder platform were initially called.

An investigation is to be carried out into the cause of the fire.

This is the 36th incident dealt with by Essex crews since members of the Fire Brigades Union went on strike at 9am yesterday over a dispute with the Government over pensions.

The strike ended at 9am today.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Police are investigating the accident

A young boy has been taken to hospital after he was clipped by a car in Bildeston, near Stowmarket, this afternoon.

Wooded area behind Oulton Road, Ipswich where local residents fear that trees are due for felling.

Ipswich Borough Council has allayed fears over plans to fell trees, after Ipswich homeowners voiced concerns over the effects on nesting birds.

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary tests a motorist.

A free extra pint has led to a shipping industry senior operations co-ordinator losing his driving licence.

The UK's first-ever dedicated congenital heart research centre opens at University Campus Suffolk. Raquel Mendes and David Ling at work.

A dedicated congenital heart research centre – the first of its kind in the UK – officially opened at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Ipswich today.

Theres not long left to sign up to be part of Suffolks biggest neon party on Saturday, May 7.
.
L-R Sam Catling,Tracy New, Pauline Donkin, Brian Taylor, Jack Nicholl, Joanne Rodger, Nikki Brown, Catherine Sheppard.

There are just days left to sign up to be part of Suffolk’s biggest neon party this weekend.

The Iron Throne featured in the Game of Thrones series, which is coming to Ipswich this month

Pretenders to the Iron Throne will have the opportunity to stake their claim as ruler of Westeros this month as the iconic seat used in the hit TV show Game of Thrones will be coming exclusively to Ipswich.

Drink-drivers in court

An Ipswich drink-driver who carried out an ‘idiotic doughnut’ while police officers watched has been banned from the road.

Fishing at Waldegraves.

Read some of our top picks for a relaxing spot of fishing in East Anglia.

Sports editor Mark Heath getting some wrestling and grappling lessons from wrestling and MMA coach Graham Yates.

Picture: ANTONY KELLY

I’m not sure if it’s called a ‘calf-slicer’ or a ‘calf-crusher’, writes Mark Heath. But I know this – it bloody hurts.

The CCTV image issued by Suffolk police after a woman was assaulted in the Cornill area of Ipswich

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a woman was assaulted in the Cornhill.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24