17:00 Monday 4 November
A large fire at a business park near Bedford is not believed to have been started deliberately.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) was called at around 12.35pm on Friday (1 November) to reports of a fire at a polystyrene factory at the Twinwoods Business Park in Milton Earnest.
Emergency services attended the scene and worked through the night to tackle the fire, which spread to three buildings in total - completely destroying them. At the height of the fire there were more than 60 firefighters in attendance, including crews from Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, and Oxfordshire.
Group Commander Andy Draper, part of the fire investigation team, said: “The fire has now been completely extinguished and we visited the site this morning to start the fire investigation process. We do not believe the first has been started deliberately and will now be carrying out further investigations, working both with the insurers and the companies affected.
“The business park has now been completely re-opened along with the surrounding roads, and I’d like to thank the public for their patience during this protracted incident. I’d also like to thank everyone involved in managing this incident, especially those who travelled from neighbouring fire and rescue services to assist us.”
10.00 Saturday 2 November
The A6 has now re-opened. Thurleigh Road remains closed and a small number of firefighters remain on the scene at Twinwoods Business Park to ensure that it is fully safe. An investigation into the cause of the fire will also be taking place.
Firefighters are continuing to tackle a fire at a Bedford business park.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called at approximately 12.35pm today (Friday) to reports of a fire at a polystyrene factory on the Twinwoods Business Park, which then spread to three buildings in total.
At the height of the incident there were more than 60 firefighters working to contain the fire, however, this has now been scaled back to around 30 firefighters.
Fortunately no-one was injured in the incident.
Area Commander Andy Peckham said: “We’re continuing to tackle a large fire and we expect to be on scene for a number of hours yet. Road closures remain in place so I would advise motorists to avoid the area and as there is still a great deal of smoke coming from the fire, we are continuing to advise residents to keep their windows closed.
“Our firefighters have worked incredibly hard to contain the fire so I would like to say a big thank you to them, as well as our neighbouring fire services who sent resource to assist us. A full fire investigation will be launched once the fire has been fully extinguished.”
Police have closed a number of roads in the area, including the A6 at Milton Ernest.
16:40 - Bedfordshire Police are implementing an A6 road closure. Specifically the on slip of the A6 at Milton Ernest is closed. Rushden Road, northbound, at Thurleigh Road will also be closed. If living in the surrounding areas, we'd advise to close windows and doors as there is a lot of smoke in the area.
16:27 - Crews continue to work on the fire. A rapid relief team are on site to support crews and supply them with food and water.
15:40 - Progress is being made and crews are continuing to tackle the fire. An emergency relief team are in attendance to support. Neighbouring Fire and Rescue Services are also supporting. Police have now closed 95% of the roads in the area. Please avoid the area and be prepared for deays and traffic in the surrounding area.
14:53 - Twinswood Business Park fire is no longer declared as a major incident. There are over 60 firefighters currently in attendance. All people have been accounted for and no reported injuries. Police are in attendance maintaining road closure and ambulance are in attendance standing by.
14:30 - Three buildings are involved in the fire. Two buildings are 100% involved and damaged. Crews are continuing to tackle the fire.
14:08 - A large amount of plastic cylinders have been reportedly involved in the fire. Just to reiterate all people have been accounted for. Our crews are working on tackling the fire. Avoid the area where possible.
13:47 - It now been classed as major incident for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. All people have been accounted for. The building fire has reached four floors and 80% of the building has been engulfed. Please close windows and avoid the area.
13:24 - We're sending water carriers to support the scale of the incident. Our crews are on it.
13:15 - We now have 8 fire engine in attendance and our crews are working on tackling the fire. Please avoid the area and if you are driving, pelase note that roads may be clsoed. Please follow traffic guidance from Bedfordshire Police.
13:00 - We are currently in attendance at a large scale fire in Twinwoods Business Park in Bedford. We have 5 fire engines attending working on it alongside Bedfordshire Police. Please stay clear of the area for now. Further updates to come.