High winds hindered firefighters battling a rapidly developing fire that swept through a snack factory Saturday afternoon in eastern England.
The Cambridgeshire Fire &Rescue Service reports that flames broke out about 3 p.m. at Corkers Crisps in Pymoor. Group commander Paul Clarke described it as a “very serious fire.”
“We have managed by our quick intervention to save some of the industrial units and I must commend the crews today,” Clarke said in a video posted to Facebook.
Nearly 60 firefighters responded to the scene from across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffork. A water carrier from the Royal Air Force base in Mildenhall was also on hand, Clarke said.
Beside high winds, firefighters had to contend with hot weather and observing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I just like to remind residents in surrounding area to please keep doors and windows closed as there is a significant amount of smoke being generated by the fire,” Clarke said.
Although the fire is under control, Clarke said firefighters will remain on the scene though the night and into tomorrow.