Fire crews from across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire are currently dealing with a large industrial fire on Great North Road in Newark, involving 1,000 tonnes of metal.
Firefighters from Newark, Edwinstowe, Carlton, Arnold, Loughborough, Brant Broughton, North Hykeham, Grantham, London Road, West Bridgford, Ashfield, Tuxford, Retford, Lincoln and Harworth were called to the scene shortly before 11:15 am this morning (17 April).
A number of specialist appliances including a High Volume Pump, a Water Bowser and one of the Service’s Aerial Ladder Platforms are in use at the scene, and firefighters are continuing to work alongside partner agencies while the incident remains ongoing.
Area Manager Mick Sharman is the Incident Commander at the scene, and said: “We have 12 fire engines dealing with the fire at present, and I would like to thank our neighbouring fire and rescue services for their assistance.
“We are continuing to work with Nottinghamshire Police, The Environment Agency, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Public Health England to minimise the disruption to motorists and nearby residents, and we thank you for your patience while we deal with the incident.
“The A616 Great North Road is currently closed, and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.
“Anyone living or working nearby should keep doors and windows closed at this time, and we will continue to update our social media channels with information. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook or tune in to your local radio station for information on traffic disruption.”
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson, said: “Nottinghamshire Police is assisting with a road closure on Great North Road, between the A46 roundabout and South Muskham, to allow the fire service to tackle the blaze.
“We are liaising with the council and other emergency services and our emergency planning team is aware of the incident.”
A Public Health England East Midlands spokesperson, said: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.
“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.
“Concentrations of substances in smoke are often below those which pose an immediate risk to health, but may still result in discomfort or temporary health effects such as coughing or a tight chest. These symptoms usually disappear very soon and do not lead to any long-term health problems. People with asthma should carry their inhaler, and if you have any concerns about your respiratory health please seek medical advice.
“Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is on-site dealing with the fire and the other agencies involved will continue to monitor the situation and issue advice to the public, businesses and organisations affected as necessary.”