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North Of The Fence: South Bay Politics and Events

Great column. So Bay has always seemed out of reach and that s my
bad, but also major media s. Too often the stories are light and bright
and without any local political coverage and it s easy to turn north and
read about the Chargers and the The Convention Center.

Same goes
for No County, where the elites haven t made up their minds if they
oppose or favor democracy.

150 firefighters tackle factory blaze

An fire investigation has been launched after a huge fire broke out in an industrial estate in Lenwade. It has been reported that the fire destroyed equipment worth about 1m.

150 Firefighters from Reepham, Earlham, Carrow, Loddon and Dereham attended the fire in the One Way Circuits unit in Station Road, near Great Witchingham, at around 6.22pm on 27th April. It took around 6 hours to extinguish the blaze.

Reepham fire station watch manager, Phillip Leeder, said: There was a large column of smoke coming from the building as we arrived. We were faced with a severe fire. We couldn t see flames initially but once the roof failed we saw the flames.

It was quite dramatic. They were 20 feet above the building. Our main aim was to stop it spreading.

Police also attended the incident in order to place a cordon around the area due to flammable cylinders on-site and also chemicals in the factory. Richard Lyons, Managing Director of the company said: They were big flames. I drove past the Bernard Matthews site and saw the big black smoke and I thought it wouldn t be good.

By the time I got here the flames were billowing out of the building.

There seemed to be an awful lot of firefighters.

I have never seen so many of them, but they prevented the flames from spreading.

Fire rips through Norwich Industrial Estate

A huge fire which tore through a paper recycling plant on the Rackheath industrial estate is not being treated as suspicious. The fire broke out at around 8.40am on Wednesday 29th February, and firefighters were still at the scene on Thursday.

60 firefighters and 13 crews tackled the blaze. The fire caused serious structural damage to building which, at the time of the fire is thought to have contained around 200 tonnes of paper.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: Station manager Phil Berry, who is carrying out the investigation, has been gathering information from the owners, occupiers and witnesses.The fire-fighting operation continues so he is still talking to various people. The fire is not being treated as suspicious and the investigation will continue. A spokesman for PHS Datashred, which manages the site, said: The fire brigade has been successful in containing the fire, and there is no risk of re-ignition or harm to the public.

We are very grateful for their help in dealing with it. We have been careful to support PHS Datashred s staff during this time. All staff are being relocated to suitable business accommodation nearby.

We have also contacted our customers with notice of the robust contingency plan in place, which has been implemented to ensure the continuity and confidentiality of the services we provide them.

Collections will continue to be made, and from their perspective it will be business as normal .

An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out.