Updated: Firefighters work through the night to control massive wood blaze

Colmworth fire.  Pictures by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Colmworth fire. Pictures by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
  • 500 tonnes of shredded timber ablaze at demolition works
  • Extra firefighters and resources have been drafted in to battle the flames
  • Neighbouring home is being dampened down to protect it from the fire

Firefighters worked through the night to tackle a huge blaze within 500 tonnes of recycled wood.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to ABC Demolitions in Colmworth just after 1pm today on Tuesday.

Firefighters battle the flames.

Firefighters battle the flames.

The first firefighters on the scene discovered a timber shedding machine and a huge pile of shredded timber on fire.

A second pump from Bedford was called on shortly after and then further firefighters were drafted in.

At the height of the emergency response a total of 47 firefighters battled the fire in Mill Road.

The service’s incident command centre was also on site, along with two water carriers. 
This morning there are three fire engines on site and a high volume pump provided by Cambridgeshire Fire Service is still being used to supply water to the incident.

47 firefighters have been tackling the fire.

47 firefighters have been tackling the fire.

Firefighters are using thermal imaging cameras to ensure that any radiant heat from the blaze does not affect adjacent buildings.

They are dampening down neighbouring properties to protect them from the flames and those immediately next to the site have been evacuated.

A Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Because of the nature of the fire and the size of the wood pile it is likely this will be a protracted incident that could last for days.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place once it has been extinguished.

Working to supply water to the fire site.

Working to supply water to the fire site.