Major fire in Yarmouth

Firefighters tackled a major building fire in Yarmouth overnight. The fire at Seletar Services, an off-shore maritime support building in Queens Road, Great Yarmouth took more than two hours to bring under control..

FIREFIGHTERS tackled a major building fire in Great Yarmouth overnight.

The fire at Seletar Services, an off-shore maritime support building in Queens Road, Yarmouth, started just before 2.30am this morning.

More than six crews and 50 firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze, which involved compressed gas cylinders.

Crews from Yarmouth, Hethersett, Loddon and Wymondham used foam equipment. The fire took two hours to bring under control.


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Robert Miles, fire crew manager for Yarmouth, said: “The flames were coming over the top of buildings and we know the fire involved various gas cylinders, which is why we did not go inside but tackled it from the outside. At one point we had more than 50 firefighters there.”

Eyewitness Karen Price said she was woken by a loud crackling sound.

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She said: “I looked out of the window but I could not see where it was coming from so I got my partner to go outside. He said there was a fire and when I went outside the smoke was massive. The flames were at least 10 metres high. It was scary and I started to think what if it spread?

Ms Price watched the drama unfold from Camden Road for a short while before returning to her Havelock Road home.

“I couldn't sleep after that because I wondered if it was going to explode,” she added.

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