Inquiry into blaze at factory

A FIRE investigation is underway at a factory in Tilbrook after a blaze caused extensive damage. Ten fire engines, 73 firefighters and six officers went to Sundown Straw Products on Station Road, at 10.30pm on Friday. The fire, which damaged half of one

A FIRE investigation is underway at a factory in Tilbrook after a blaze caused extensive damage.

Ten fire engines, 73 firefighters and six officers went to Sundown Straw Products on Station Road, at 10.30pm on Friday.

The fire, which damaged half of one of the single storey, 40 metre clad buildings and the machinery inside, was under control by 3am.

The full extent of the damage and the cause of the fire is not yet known.


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A spokesman for Sundown Straw Products, which makes animal feed from straw, said: "We are still able to operate but one plant is down."

Crews from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire were called to the scene, including a water foaming unit from St Neots, fire engines from Gamblingay, Huntingdon, Papworth, Sandy, Thrapston, a water carrier from Huntingdon and Yaxley, the turn table ladder from Cambridge and a chemical unit from St Neots.

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Just after midnight the turntable ladder was sent away due to windy weather conditions.

Last month, nine crews and 40 firefighters were called to a fire at the factory.

It took crews three hours to get the blaze under control. The fire started in a straw grinding room and spread to an electrical room.

It is thought that blaze, on December 6, may have been caused by an electrical fault.

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