Arsonists strike tyre mountain in Outwell

PUBLISHED: 12:22 16 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:15 16 June 2014

The fire at Outwell, which started after a pile of tyres were set alight. Photo: Georgia Woollard

The fire at Outwell, which started after a pile of tyres were set alight. Photo: Georgia Woollard

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A tyre mountain on the side of a village road, which concerned residents about becoming an arson risk, has gone up in flames.

Outwell tyre mountain. Picture: GARY HUNNSOutwell tyre mountain. Picture: GARY HUNNS

Homeowners were advised to keep their windows and door closed as thick black smoke and fumes surrounded the village from around 3,000 blazing tyres.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue worked through the night to bring the fire under control.

The tyres had been dumped at the side of the road in Outwell over a period of about six months.

Pumps from Downham Market, West Walton and Kings Lynn were called to the fire in the area of Cottons Head and Basin Road at around 10.15pm on Sunday night.

Tyre mountain at Basin road Outwell.Tyre mountain at Basin road Outwell.

Fire service said the blaze started after a large pile of worn tyres were set alight.

Fire crew returned to the scene in the morning and the last fire engine left the scene at 10am on Monday (16).

Residents in Town Street and Rectory Road, in Outwell, were advised to keep their doors and windows closed because of the smoke plume.

Crews used main jets and a hydrant to deal with the fire.

Tyre mountain at Basin road Outwell. Picture: Steve Williams.Tyre mountain at Basin road Outwell. Picture: Steve Williams.

The foam carrier and support appliance from Fakenham also attended.

Concerned resident Gary Hunns contacted our newspaper earlier this month to say residents were worried the tyre mountain was turning into a fire hazard.

He said: “Over the last six months someone has been dumping tyres on a piece of waste ground.

“They were all pushed up to the side of the road, creating a wall. There must be 2,000 to 3,000 tyres. It’s not what you expect in a rural village.”

Tyre mountain at Basin road Outwell. Picture: Steve Williams.Tyre mountain at Basin road Outwell. Picture: Steve Williams.

Mr Hunns said a number of residents were concerned about the tyre mountain, which was a growing arson risk.

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