A “significant” fire broke out at a plant owned by Datashredders at the Eastwood Industrial Estate in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire yesterday (29 March).
More than 50 firefighters were called to the scene at 9.53am to find the fire at the industrial building “well developed”.
Crews “worked hard” to extinguish the fire and stop it spreading to other buildings.
It was reported by fire crew commander David Linch, who was at the scene yesterday, that the fire involved large amounts of baled and shredded paper.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said that fire crews were assisted by staff at the site who used diggers to break up the bales of paper.
The nearby A141 road was closed for some time but reopened at around 6pm.
Those living in and around Wimblington were advised to close their doors and windows due to smoke.
The fire service said that crews remained on scene today (March 30th), and that the cause is believed to be accidental.
Firefighters remained at the incident in #Wimblington overnight 🚒🔥
Here’s what they were dealing with last night 👇 pic.twitter.com/cQPSMp7WXz
— Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (@cambsfrs) March 30, 2021
Datashredders specialise in bulk shredding services for confidential documents. On its website, the company says it also has locations across the UK, including the Midlands, North East, London and East Anglia.
A spokesperson for the company said: “Following the fire at our property on the 29th March 2021, the staff at Datashredders who were on-site at the time are to be commended for following our rehearsed protocol swiftly and the Fire Brigade who carried out their duties superbly, by bringing the fire under control quickly and safely.
“I would like to reassure all our customers that because Datashredders have procedures in place, we are still able to operate as usual. None of our fleet were affected and booking and pick-ups will continue to operate as per normal”.