Firefighters save plastics firm following blaze in Swanton Morley

Firefighters stopped a blaze that destroyed 400 plastic crates from spreading to a building

Firefighters stopped a blaze that destroyed 400 plastic crates from spreading to a building - Credit: Archant

Firefighters have prevented a fire that engulfed 400 plastic crates from destroying a building that houses a plastics repairs business, as well potentially explosive cylinders.

Firefighters stopped a blaze that destroyed 400 plastic crates from spreading to a building

Firefighters stopped a blaze that destroyed 400 plastic crates from spreading to a building - Credit: Archant

The drama started when several residents in Swanton Morley, near Dereham, called 999 about the blaze that started at Plastic Repairs Plus, on Hoe Road East, just before 7pm.

A total of 25 firefighters from stations in Dereham, Reepham, Fakenham and Aylsham found their job complicated by an electricity pylon that had started to spark, and advised residents to stay indoors.

Stuart Horth, the fire service's head of community safety, said: 'The crews have done a very good job in stopping the fire before it became more serious and entered the building.'

No-one was injured, but one car was destroyed, and firefighters started to leave the scene at 9pm.

Firefighters stopped a blaze that destroyed 400 plastic crates from spreading to a building

Firefighters stopped a blaze that destroyed 400 plastic crates from spreading to a building - Credit: Archant


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