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PHOTOS: Firefighters battle huge scrapyard blaze

PHOTOS: Firefighters battle huge scrapyard blaze

Published by the Pirate FM News Teamat 3:24pm 27th April 2017. (Updated at 7:41am 29th April 2017)

Firefighters from across Cornwall have spent the night battling a huge blaze at a scrapyard.

Giant plumes of smoke were billowing out after flames ripped through W H Orchard and Son at Dobwalls.

At its height, 13 crews were at the scene on Wednesday afternoon, following a string of 999 calls.

Teams from Liskeard and Bodmin called in back-up from Helston to Launceston, but police say no-one was hurt.

Locals were being advised to keep their windows shut and stay indoors and some locals roads are still closed.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says crews are still at the scene and they expect the operation to continue well into Friday.

Scroll down for the latest updates and to see more photos from the scene.

Locals told Pirate FM thick black smoke was billowing out across the countryside and could be seen for miles.

On Thursday, Paul from Liskeard said: "There's absolutely clouds and clouds of black smoke blowing up in the air. You can see it from a good 10-15 mile radius.

"There's about eight or nine fire engines sticking about collecting water from Golitha Falls.

"It's just thick, black smoke popping up in the air. With a scrapyard, it's the kind of thing that does happen. They do catch on fire.

"It doesn't take much for a scrapyard to go up on fire, even if there's a small flame".

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A spokesperson from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "On receipt of multiple 999 calls to a large fire in this area, fire appliances from Liskeard and Bodmin were mobilised.

"Additional appliances from Bodmin, Wadebridge, Callington, Looe, Launceston, St Austell, Newquay and St Dennis have been mobilised".

Just before 4pm they added: "In total we have five pumps, two water carriers, one aerial ladder platform, one BA support vehicle, one Incident Command unit, one welfare unit and four flexi-officers in attendance.

"The police are also in attendance as the road adjacent to this incident is now closed".

The High Volume Pump from Newquay and other additional pumps and crews were drafted in between 4pm and 5.30pm.

Just after 10pm, a spokesperson added: "Crews have been making steady progress throughout the evening.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have been committed at the scene, the high volume pump is in use, the aerial ladder platform is in use, main jets and ground monitors are in use.

"Currently there are appliances from Lostwithiel, St. Austell Wadebridge, Fowey and the water carrier from Helston are in attendance.

"This is as well as the Incident Command unit from Launceston, the operational support unit from St Austell and the Welfare Vehicle from St Dennis".

scrapyard fire dobwalls

On Thursday, a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Local residents and motorists in the Dobwalls area as being advised to stay indoors and close windows while fire crews tackle a blaze at W H Orchard and Son Scrapyard.

"The site contains a number of cars and tyres which are creating a plume of smoke in the area. Five pumps from Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service are currently at the scene, together with the service’s aerial platform ladder.

"Devon and Cornwall Police notes that no injuries are reported at this time".

Dobwalls Fire

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "The road from Doublebois to Minions is likely to remain closed for the rest of today (Friday) while fire crews continue to damp down and search for potential hot stops at the site of W H Orchard and Son scrapyard.  

"Relief crews from across Cornwall were brought in to tackle the blaze over night. Four major appliances from Delabole, Polruan, Saltash and Callington remain at the scene of the fire, together with two water carriers from Wadebridge and Helston, which are shuttling water to the scene, and specialist firefighting equipment including a high volume pump, and an aerial platform ladder platform.

"Diggers are being bought in later this morning to separate the cars on the site to enable crews to identify and deal with any hot spots. 

"This work is likely to take some time and Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety service expect the incident to continue until late afternoon. 

"The road from Doublebois to Minions will remain closed until this work has been completed".

Dobwalls Fire

On Friday morning, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "As of 05.15am, Cornwall Fire and Rescue service are making steady progress on the fire at the scrapyard.

"Relief crews from across the county have been used over night and currently on scene there are four major appliances from Delabole, Polruan, Saltash and Callington. Two water carriers from Wadebridge and Helston are shuttling water to the scene.

"Specialist firefighting equipment in use includes a high volume pump and aerial ladder platform with platform monitor in use firefighting from a height.

"Support vehicles which have remained on scene include a Command Support Unit, and Welfare vehicle.Two flexi-duty officers are managing the incident.

"Crews are continuing their sustained attack on the fire to dampen it down.

"It is expected this incident to continue well into Friday 28th April and some local roads remain closed".

The scrapyard is not in any way connected with Henry Orchard and Sons, St Austell.

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