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Investigation to begin into huge scrap metal fire at recycling plant

Firefighters from across Suffolk were called to the blaze Photo: ITV Anglia

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The fire at Great Blakenham destroyed 100 tonnes of scrap metal Credit: ITV Anglia

An inferno that tore through 100 tonnes of scrap metal and cars at a recycling plant in Suffolk is under control.

Twenty five fire crews from all over the county were called to tackle the blaze at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich.

Suffolk Fire said they were called at 18.40pm on Friday 15 September and crews spent most of the night dealing with the incident, which also destroyed a crane on the site.

Fire crews had to work to protect nearby buildings from the flames.

At the height of the blaze, smoke could be seen from miles around. Trains on the nearby Norwich to London line were cancelled in both directions. Services are back to normal now.

The blaze was not completely out until 5.45 am, but crews will be at the scene for hours damping down.

Sackers praised people living nearby for reporting the fire to emergency services Credit: ITV Anglia

A spokesman for Sackers, the owners of the recycling plant, praised firefighters for managing to control the blaze and stop it spreading to other parts of the site. He also thanked nearby residents who spotted the flames and reported the fire to the emergency services.

Sackers are open as normal this morning.

Thick black smoke could be seen for miles Credit: ITV Anglia