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Fifty firefighters tackle Great Yarmouth blaze

PUBLISHED: 12:34 31 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 July 2010

Firefighters are currently tackling a large building fire in Great Yarmouth.

Firefighters tackled a large building fire in Yarmouth.

Fifty firefighters and eight fire engines were used to tackle the blaze at the RBD Windows building in Southgates Road which started just after 10am yesterday .

It is believed the fire started in a dust extractor.

Phil Thomson from Atlas Industrial and Marine Supplies, who have an office next door to RBD Windows said: “The reason there were a number of fire engines there, about eight, is because in our back yard we have tanks of oxygen and acetylene, which were very close to where the fire was at RBD Windows, but thankfully they did not catch fire.

“The staff were all evacuated out of Atlas for about three-quarters-of-an-hour.”

Great Yarmouth fire station manager Richard Smith said: “The firefighters have done brilliantly in restricting the blaze to a metal hopper which is where waste wood products go for disposal.”

The firefigthers were there until this evening dampening the fire down, but there appeared to be only limited smoke and water damage to the building.

Police were also on the scene and closed off the Southgates Road for an hour.

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