Bottisham: Residents Evacuated Following Explosion

24 March 2014, 13:42

Two crews from Cambridge, one crew from Burwell and one crew from Newmarket, in Suffolk, were called to reports of a shed fire in Beechwood Avenue, Bottisham.

Cambridgeshire Police say they were called to reports of an explosion. A fire had broken out in a single storey building measuring 15m by 15m used as an outbuilding and workshop.

The building contained cylinders and nearby properties have been evacuated for safety reasons.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are tackling the fire using hydrants, hose reels and jets.

A water carrier from Newmarket was requested at 10.15am to assist with firefighting efforts.

Two people are being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. 

Update 11.45am:

The fire has now been extinguished.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel, two jets, two ground monitors, two hydrants and one thermal imaging camera to extinguish and dampen down the incident.

The last fire engine left the scene at 12.50pm.

Preliminary fire investigations have concluded the most likely cause of the fire is accidental, by electrical.

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