Probe begins after fuel tanker fire

Braintree and Witham Times: A fire ripped through three fuel tankers at an industrial estate in Hadleigh, Suffolk A fire ripped through three fuel tankers at an industrial estate in Hadleigh, Suffolk

An investigation is under way after a fire ripped through three mobile fuel tankers at an industrial estate.

Emergency workers were called to the blaze at Lady Lane Industrial Estate in Hadleigh, Suffolk, at about 6.45pm on Friday.

Ten fire vehicles attended the "major incident" and firefighters worked throughout the evening to prevent the fire spreading across the site, Suffolk County Council said.

They were able to stop the blaze taking hold of a nearby tanker carrying around 80,000 litres of gas oil and to kerosene being stored in the vicinity.

Residents in the area were warned to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed as a 300 metre (984ft) cordon was set up around the blaze and the A1071 was closed to traffic.

Emergency planning officers were also at the scene on standby to begin an evacuation, but the action was not needed as firefighters managed to extinguish they blaze before midnight.

A council spokesman said: "Suffolk fire and rescue has extinguished the fire at the Lady Lane Industrial Estate.

"Firefighters worked throughout the evening to prevent the fire spreading from three mobile fuel tankers to other parts of the industrial estate. This included a static tanker, which is estimated to contain anything up to 80,000 litres of gas oil."

Police reopened the A1071 and lifted the cordon on Friday night, but the emergency services remained on the scene during the early hours to ensure the area was secure. No-one was reported injured in the incident.

It is not know what started the fire and an investigation will start in due course, the council said.

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