Suffolk

Seventy firefighters tackle Hadleigh chemical warehouse blaze

Fire at Lady Lane industrial estate Image copyright Nigel Slator
Image caption The blaze at Lady Lane industrial estate started at about 05:50 GMT, Suffolk Police said

A fire has ripped through a warehouse containing household chemicals on an industrial estate in Suffolk.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said the force was called to the Lady Lane industrial estate in Hadleigh at 05:50 GMT. At its height, 70 firefighters were in attendance.

Earlier advice about keeping windows closed because of chemical smoke has been withdrawn, the spokeswoman said.

An investigation has been started to find out what caused the blaze.

One of the warehouses which was alight, owned by a company called Challs International, contained household cleaning products.

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Image caption People living nearby were initially advised not to open their windows due to the possibility of chemical smoke
Image caption Fire crews are expected to stay on site for most of the day

Members of the public were asked to stay away from the industrial estate, which was closed off.

Graham Burchell, managing director of Challs International, told BBC Radio Suffolk it was "too early to assess the damage".

But he said the fire, which affected one of the company production units, was very serious.

"Bad is an understatement," he said.

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Image caption The managing director of the company where the fire started said "bad is an understatement"

Area commander Ian Bowell, from Suffolk Fire and Rescue, said crews used trucks to remove "several tonnes" of chemicals from one of the warehouses, where the fire is now under control.

He said a fire in another building, containing packaging, was still burning.

One adjacent property on the industrial estate had to be evacuated.

"I would expect to have crews here for most of the day," Mr Bowell told BBC Radio Suffolk. But he said he expected to gradually reduce the number of firefighters on site.

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Image caption About 70 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze at its height

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