No investigation to be held into cause of large scrapyard blaze at Hainford

The fire among the stripped out cars at Hainford Hall scrapyard. Picture: Denise Bradley The fire among the stripped out cars at Hainford Hall scrapyard. Picture: Denise Bradley

Thursday, December 5, 2013
3:47 PM

Mystery still surrounds the cause of a “considerable” blaze at a car scrapyard in Hainford, north of Norwich, after it emerged an investigation is not going to be carried out.

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At its peak the fire, which involved about 60 cars, had 45 firefighters in attendance with billowing black smoke visible from as far away as County Hall in Norwich.

Fire crews from Wroxham, two from Earlham, Hethersett, Mundesley, Sprowston, Aylsham and Carrow were sent to the fire at the Hainford Hall yard, which started just before 2pm yesterday.

It was expected Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service would today begin an investigation into the cause of the fire but a Norfolk County Council spokesman said firefighters had not been able to carry out a fire investigation at Hainford “because the scene is not safe”.

The spokesman added that it has now been decided that an investigation is not necessary.

As previously reported firefighters were on scene for more than two hours bringing the blaze under control.

By about 4.30pm the incident was being scaled down although there was a fire service presence for “some time”.

Stephen Stolady, parts manager at the scrapyard, said it was an office worker who called the fire brigade after she spotted some smoke.

He said: “By the time they arrived it was quite fierce.

“We had managed to get about 100 cars away from the fire.

“The fire was in a group of cars which were destined for crushing and had been there for about six weeks so we don’t really know how it started – it’s a bit of a mystery.”

As reported previously, fire crews attended the scrapyard in January, when firefighters spent just over two hours tackling a blaze at the same site.

Three appliances had attended on that occasion with a water carrier and a further support vehicle from Hethersett.

Have you got a story? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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