Firefighters tackle large stack fire believed to be caused by downed power lines in strong winds

Smoke is rising from the fire and heading towards East Harling. Picture: Marc Betts

Smoke is rising from the fire and heading towards East Harling. Picture: Marc Betts - Credit: Archant

Fire crews from seven stations are at the scene of a stack fire in the open in Snarehill, near Thetford.

Crews from Thetford, Attleborough, Long Stratton, Hingham, Terrington, Fakenham and Methwold have been attending the fire since 12.45pm.

It is believed that the fire was caused by a branch falling onto power lines due to the high winds but this has not been confirmed.

A spokesman for Norfolk Fire Service said: “Crews were called to a fire in the open on Euston Road.

“It is still ongoing. Eight appliances have attended in total with two from Thetford.”

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Fire crews have been using hose reel jets and spray to extinguish.

On Twitter Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service issued a warning to nearby residents.

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It posted: “We are currently attending a large stack on fire in Snarehill, near Thetford, and there is a smoke plume heading in the East Harling direction, please keep windows and doors closed.”

At 8pm, they tweeted again to say they were still attending the fire, which “can be seen from Thetford and surrounding areas for some considerable distance”.

Meanwhile, the A1065 is currently closed at West Lexham after power lines came down in the road.

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