December 10 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Fire crews last night tackled a blaze at a scrap yard in Brooke, south of Norwich.
Firefighters from five stations were called to the fire at M S & S Graver on the Brooke Industrial Park, in Norwich Road, Brooke, at 7.30pm.
There were reports the smoke could be seen as far away as Freethorpe, nearly 10 miles away.
Roger Roper, landlord of the nearby Dove pub, said it was lucky that his stables next to the site had not gone up in flames.
“It was a big fire that has been brought under control by the fire crews. My stables are the other side of the hedge and I managed to get my five horses out. If the wind had been blowing in the other direction, the fire would have spread to the stables.”
“It looks like it was a controlled fire that got out of hand and spread to the scrap yard,” he said.
Crews from Carrow, Earlham, Loddon, Sprowston and Hethersett stations attended the blaze and initially fought it in defensive mode. The last firefighters left the scene at 2am today.
Clive Wells, from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said a large amount of scrap metal had been on fire, while firefighters had also been wary of a skip full of empty gas cylinders.
The fire did not close the road between Poringland and Brooke. No one was injured in the blaze.
• Video sent in by Martin Penny, Poringland