Firefighters called after hundreds of tonnes of wood chippings go up in flames

Hundreds of tonnes of wood caught fire in Upwood.

Hundreds of tonnes of wood caught fire in Upwood. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of tonnes of waste wood caught fire in Upwood today (Wednesday).

A crew and a water carrier from Ramsey fire station were called at about 8.15am to a fire in the open in Longholme Road.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Approximately 500 tones of wood chippings and waste wood material was smouldering and alight.

“Firefighters used hose reels to contain the fire and stop it from spreading and a digging machine was used to spread the material out to extinguish it quicker. The fire is being allowed to burn out in a controlled environment.”

Crews returned to their station by 12.15pm and regular inspections will be made to the site.

According to investigators, the cause of the fire was accidental, and is believed to resulted from a bonfire that spread.