Stretham: A10 Reopens After Fire

28 June 2013, 08:50 | Updated: 28 June 2013, 15:17

The A10 has been fully reopened between Stretham and Ely, after a factory fire.

Firefighters have been at the fire on Ely Road, in Stretham, overnight.

Crews were called to reports of the fire yesterday afternoon, at around 1:50pm.

Three people were treated for breathing in smoke yesterday, one of them was taken to hospital.


At 8am this morning (Friday) Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said they've "scaled down the operation overnight and have two crews currently on the site, just off the A10.

In a statement, the Service added: "Firefighters have been working hard throughout the night and now a majority of the fire is out and the amount of smoke in the area has significantly reduced.

Because of the low level of smoke at present, residents in the vicinity can open their windows and doors if they desire, but please be aware, when firefighhting starts again later today, the odd plume of smoke will occur. Therefore, if you're going out for the day, best to keep them shut!
Next step: firefighters will be working with on-site management to arrange for heavy lifting machinery to start dragging the debris out so crews can continue to dampen down."

The Fire Service expect to be at the site, on Ely Road in Stretham, for most of the day.

The fire is believed to have been an accident, but the exact cause is not yet known.

Investigations to establish the specific cause will now be carried out.

Update: 3:30pm Friday 28 June.

The cause of the fire has now been confirmed by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Flames broke out in an incinerator that was burning rubbish, and quickly spread to a trailer and then the warehouse building.

Station Commander Martin Brown from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The fire started from rubbish burning in an incinerator, which was located outside and to the rear of the premises. 

The fire then spread to a nearby lorry trailer and then to a warehouse very quickly.

We would advise business owners to take precaution and to review their Fire Risk Assessments to ensure they cover evacuation and fire prevention, particularly when burning refuse on and near their premises."