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Parham Airfield Explosion: 'Huge Fire' near an Airfield in Suffolk; 50 Firefighters on the Scene

Parham Airfield Explosion:  'Huge Fire' near an Airfield in Suffolk; 50 Firefighters on the Scene

Explosions have been reported at the scene of Parham Airfield and enormous clouds of dark smoke can be seen from miles away.

Early reports suggest the blaze started when equipment overheated during a manufacturing process at a fibreglass moulding plant.

Those nearby have been asked to keep doors and windows closed because of the volume of smoke coming from the incident.

Fifty firefighters from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service arrived at the scene shortly after 9:43am on Thursday to find a large, single-storey factory, measuring approximately 50m x 80m, on fire.

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The building houses equipment used in the production of fibreglass moulding and its age could mean asbestos is present, the service said.

Parham Airfield Explosion:  'Huge Fire' near an Airfield in Suffolk; 50 Firefighters on the Scene

A spokesperson said crews have now surrounded the fire and there are no casualties. Ten engines remain at the scene near Framlingham.

The spokesperson added: “We understand from workers that the cause of the fire may have been due to some overheating during their manufacturing process.

The service tweeted: “Our crews are currently attending a fire at a premises near Parham Airfield.

“Due to the amount of smoke in the area, local residents and businesses are advised to keep doors and windows closed.”

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