Massive electrical goods fire on Hitchin industrial estate

PUBLISHED: 10:08 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 18 May 2018

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

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

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An electrical fire in Hitchin’s industrial area has sent massive plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky above North Herts.

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

Fire crews are at the scrapyard in Cadwell Lane after getting the call at 9.40am to reports of a fire of electrical goods in the open.

Firefighters from Hitchin, Baldock & Letchworth and Stevenage stations are on the scene, with the aerial ladder platform despatched from Stevenage. Police and paramedics also there.

Police have told the Comet nobody is injured. Officers have closed the road at its junctions with Woolgrove Road and Wallace Way.

John Holland, one of the many people contacting the Comet about the fire, said: “It’s just black smoke everywhere in the sky, going straight up. The wind keeps moving it about all the time.”

The black smoke can be seen from Letchworth and Stevenage.

The Comet is awaiting further details from the emergency services.

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

A Great Northern spokesman said: “The fire is not affecting rail services at the moment but emergency services are keeping us up to date in case any safety concerns arise.”

A spokeswoman for Luton Airport said the smoke was having “zero impact on flights”.

The Hitchin industrial estate fire. Picture: Ross Lopeman The Hitchin industrial estate fire. Picture: Ross Lopeman

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