IN PICTURES: Firefighters tackle 100-tonne Hitchin scrapyard blaze

PUBLISHED: 15:29 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 19 May 2018

Firefighters tackle the Hitchin scrapyard blaze. Picture: Mark Burgess

Firefighters tackle the Hitchin scrapyard blaze. Picture: Mark Burgess

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Dramatic photographs taken by emergency personnel and the public show how firefighters from across Hertfordshire today tackled a 100-tonne scrapyard blaze on Hitchin’s industrial estate.

Firefighters tackle the Hitchin scrapyard blaze. Picture: Mark BurgessFirefighters tackle the Hitchin scrapyard blaze. Picture: Mark Burgess

Six fire crews from Hitchin, Baldock & Letchworth, Stevenage and St Albans stations rushed to the scrapyard off Cadwell Lane after getting the call at 9.40am to reports of a fire of electrical goods in the open – with the aerial ladder platform despatched from Stevenage.

Firefighters scaled down operations at around 2.30pm. Police and paramedics confirmed to the Comet that nobody was injured.

With the drama now over, here is a selection of the numerous photographs and videos we have been sent from the scene and around the North Herts area during the day.

Firefighters tackle the Hitchin scrapyard blaze. Picture: Mark BurgessFirefighters tackle the Hitchin scrapyard blaze. Picture: Mark Burgess

Fire crews at the scene of the electrical fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: Chris MartinFire crews at the scene of the electrical fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: Chris Martin

Emergency services at the scene of the electrical fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: East of England Ambulance Service via TwitterEmergency services at the scene of the electrical fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: East of England Ambulance Service via Twitter

Emergency services at the scene of the electrical fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: East of England Ambulance Service via TwitterEmergency services at the scene of the electrical fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: East of England Ambulance Service via Twitter

Emergency services at the scene of the electrical fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: East of England Ambulance Service via TwitterEmergency services at the scene of the electrical fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: East of England Ambulance Service via Twitter

A fire is raging in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: Margaret JeffreyA fire is raging in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin. Picture: Margaret Jeffrey

A fire is burning in Hitchin as black smoke rises over the town. Picture: Pippa AkramA fire is burning in Hitchin as black smoke rises over the town. Picture: Pippa Akram

The billowing smoke as captured in Hitchin's Cadwell Lane by Chetna Jankowicz.The billowing smoke as captured in Hitchin's Cadwell Lane by Chetna Jankowicz.

A view of the blaze looking towards Hitchin Rugby Club from King George V playgroup. Picture: Owain JonesA view of the blaze looking towards Hitchin Rugby Club from King George V playgroup. Picture: Owain Jones

The plumes of smoke, as viewed from Hitchin town centre. Picture: Luke DevenishThe plumes of smoke, as viewed from Hitchin town centre. Picture: Luke Devenish

Plumes of smoke can be seen from Hitchin railway station. Picture: Jeremy Colman via TwitterPlumes of smoke can be seen from Hitchin railway station. Picture: Jeremy Colman via Twitter

The huge fire can be seen from Hitchin railway station. Picture: Jeremy Colman via TwitterThe huge fire can be seen from Hitchin railway station. Picture: Jeremy Colman via Twitter

The fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin, as seen from MKS Carpentry Ltd off Wilbury Way. Picture: Stacy ToombsThe fire in Cadwell Lane, Hitchin, as seen from MKS Carpentry Ltd off Wilbury Way. Picture: Stacy Toombs

The black plume of smoke rising from Cadwell Lane, Hitchin, as seen from MKS Carpentry Ltd off Wilbury Way. Picture: Stacy ToombsThe black plume of smoke rising from Cadwell Lane, Hitchin, as seen from MKS Carpentry Ltd off Wilbury Way. Picture: Stacy Toombs

The black plume of smoke in Hitchin's industrial area. Picture: James PayneThe black plume of smoke in Hitchin's industrial area. Picture: James Payne

Emergency services near the scene of the fire in Hitchin's Cadwell Lane during the height of the blaze. Picture: Alan MillardEmergency services near the scene of the fire in Hitchin's Cadwell Lane during the height of the blaze. Picture: Alan Millard

Fire engines near the scene of the fire in Hitchin's Cadwell Lane during the height of the blaze. Picture: Alan MillardFire engines near the scene of the fire in Hitchin's Cadwell Lane during the height of the blaze. Picture: Alan Millard

Fire engines near the scene of the fire in Hitchin's Cadwell Lane during the height of the blaze. Picture: Alan MillardFire engines near the scene of the fire in Hitchin's Cadwell Lane during the height of the blaze. Picture: Alan Millard

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