25.4.17 Maryport turf fire closes roads and stops trains


A large fire has closed roads, halted trains and cut electricity supplies.

It started on an industrial estate near Maryport, Cumbria at a company which makes artificial turf for sports grounds.

Huge plumes of black smoke have been visible up to 30 miles away.

The nearby A596 was closed and Network Rail said services running near the industrial estate were suspended between Maryport and Workington.

Many Northern services on the Cumbria Coast line between Barrow and Carlisle were also cancelled.

People were advised by police to avoid the area and some properties were evacuated.

Electricity North West said, at its height, more than 700 properties had lost power because of the fire.

At the height of the fire there were 12 fire engines and upwards of 60 fire fighters and officers involved in tackling the blaze.  They came from all over Cumbria including Kendal and Windermere.

Sellafield sent a specialist tender and an aerial ladder and high pressure hoses were used.

Maryport's crew were first on the scene at about 1.30pm and remained until around 1am, returning at 8.30am to damp down the fire.

Response were a multi-agency effort with the county council’s highways department, police, the Environment Agency and United Utilities all helping.

SIS Pitches stated: No individuals were injured in the blaze and there are ongoing police investigations into the cause of the fire.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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Registered Office:  Southwold House, 66 Botley Road, Park Gate, Southampton, United Kingdom

Company number: 07810000