Major fire at Sywell Business Park: keep windows and doors closed

Firefighters remain on the scene of a major fire at Sywell Aerodrome Business Park, with those affected by smoke and ash from the blaze advised to keep windows and doors closed.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) was called to reports of a fire at a warehouse at the site, off Wellingborough Road, shortly before 12.50pm today, Tuesday, May 7.

Crews have been on scene since and now have the fire surrounded and contained. They are expected to remain there for at least the next five to six hours.

NFRS Area Manager Paul Greenwood said: “We have around 15 fire service vehicles at the scene, including two aerial ladder platforms, two water bowsers, a high-volume pump, and our joint command unit.

“Although the affected building has been badly damaged, crews have been able to prevent the fire from spreading and causing further damage to nearby buildings and property.”

Those living nearby or affected by the smoke plume or ash from the fire are urged to close windows and doors and avoid unnecessary exposure. Drivers are also asked to avoid the area while the fire is dealt with.

AM Greenwood said: “All smoke is toxic. This is why we have issued precautionary advice about avoiding the smoke as much as possible and keeping windows and doors closed, especially if you are downwind of the fire.”

Two people have received medical attention for smoke inhalation, but there are not believed to be any casualties as a result of the fire.

Northamptonshire Police has a presence at the scene to support NFRS colleagues, along with colleagues from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

Road closures remain in place, including:

  • Glebe Road – shut at the junction with Wellingborough Road
  • Holcot Lane – shut at the junction with Overstone Road
  • Holcot Lane – shut at the junction with A43
  • Sywell Road – shut at the junction with Overstone Road
  • Church Lane – shut at the junction of Sywell Road
  • Sywell Road – shut at the junction with Wellingborough Road
  • Traffic management is in place at the junction of Sywell Road/Moonshine Gap

Updates on the incident will be published on social media – follow @NorthantsFire and @NorthantsPolice on Twitter and Facebook.

Business owners from the site are requested to monitor police and fire websites and social media for information as to whether site access will be affected tomorrow.

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