Stunning aerial shots show the scale of recycling fire in Cambridgeshire town

Stunning aerial photos of yesterday's fire in St Ives that show the scale of the fire and smoke, as

Stunning aerial photos of yesterday's fire in St Ives that show the scale of the fire and smoke, as well as how close other buildings were. - Credit: Archant

Life was getting back to normal today after Cambridgeshire fire crews tackled one of the biggest fires of the summer.

Residents in St Ives have been told they can reopen their doors and windows after fire crews spent the afternoon extinguishing a fire on an industrial estate.

More than 30 firefighters from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue tackled a blaze at a recycling centre in Caxton Road, with the fire now out.

Crews used jets, including an aerial one, to try and contain the fire, with the Chief Fire Officer, Chris Strickland, attending to check on the team’s welfare.

Thirteen fire engines helped to put out the blaze, including support from the service’s Incident Command Unit.

Police were also called to the scene around 3pm, before road closures were put in place and the nearby BP garage temporarily shut as a precaution.

Traffic delays are now expected around the area, but closures have been lifted on the B1040 and A1123, and in Marley Road and Burrell Road.

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A fire service spokesman said the aerial shots were sent to them today “and shows the scale of the fire and smoke, as well as how close other buildings were”.

Cause was accidental.