Thick black smoke seen from Kimberley as firefighters work through the night to tackle blaze

A huge fire caused several explosions and raged for hours at business premises on Hucknall’s Wigwam Lane yesterday – with the smoke being seen from as far away as Kimberley and Heanor.

By Lucy Roberts
Monday, 15th November 2021, 12:03 pm
This incredible aerial shot from Paul Atherley shows the flames and the size of the fire.
This incredible aerial shot from Paul Atherley shows the flames and the size of the fire.

More than 70 firefighters from crews throughout Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire worked through the night on Sunday (November 14).

The Advertiser understands the inferno broke out at a garage or haulage business on the road and a huge black cloud of smoke, which could be seen for miles around across the whole of Nottinghamshire, including in Moorgreen and Kimberley, was caused by the fire.

It is suggested that tyres and trucks went up in smoke.

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Thick black smoke could be seen for miles around as the fire raged on.

The police blocked off the whole length of the road, extending a cordon originally set up about 200 metres past Leen Valley Golf Club.

At the height of the fire, local residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

Small pockets of people could be seen gathered on the road shortly after the fire broke out just before 2pm.

Initially three crews were despatched by the fire service, from Hucknall, Stockhill and Arnold. But in an update on Facebook, the service explained that also in attendance were crews from Ilkeston, Newark, Ashfield, Blidworth along with command support from Mansfield, a water carrier from ClayCross and welfare unit from Belper.

Later on crews from Collingham, Tuxford and Edwinstowe were drafted in too.

A Facebook post said: “We thank local residents for their support during this incident.”

Earlier Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue tweeted: “We are currently in attendance at a fire on Wigwam Lane in Hucknall.

"The fire is causing large quantities of smoke and we advise local residents to keep their doors and windows closed.”

As the fire raged, Coun Dave Shaw (Ash Ind), who represents Hucknall North on Ashfield District Council, said: “The fire service and police are on site and I’ll like to assure residents that they not in any danger.

"There have been several huge explosions which has been really intense.

"I’ve been assisting directing traffic away from the scene and I’d ask residents to avoid the area until the situation is under control.

"The council has dispatched its community protection team to assist the emergency services and I would ask residents not to panic.”

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