Blaze threatens to engulf garage

POLICE are today investigating the cause of a fire at a Capel St Mary garage.Workers were cleaning up this morning after quick-thinking fire crews averted a major blaze which threatened to engulf Capel Station Garage.

POLICE are today investigating the cause of a fire at a Capel St Mary garage.

Workers were cleaning up this morning after quick-thinking fire crews averted a major blaze which threatened to engulf Capel Station Garage.

Firefighters were alerted at 10.30pm yesterday and had the fire under control by 11.30pm.

The blaze is believed to have started in an industrial wheelie-bin and quickly spread to a pair of argon cylinders and a pile of rubber tyres nearby.

When fire crews arrived around 200 gallons of waste oil, stored in a tank alongside the building, was also well alight.

Assistant divisional officer Gary Clark, said the incident could have been a lot worse.

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He said: "It was a well-developed fire when the crews arrived.

"It started at the side of the building and there were more gas cylinders inside. "Due to the quick response and firefighting by the crews on arrival the blaze was contained and stopped from spreading to the main building."

Two crews from Princes Street, Ipswich and one from Hadleigh dealt with the incident.

The recently-opened garage is situated just off a slip road on the Colchester-bound carriageway of the A12. It was expected to be open from 9am today.

The cause of the blaze is unknown, but experts were due to visit the scene as part of their investigation.

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