A fire which raged through a business in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Nottinghamshire was ‘deliberate’. Lows Lane in the village of Stanton-by-Dale was closed while firefighters tackled the blaze.
While the incident happened in Derbyshire a number of crews from Nottinghamshire also attended the large-scale fire. Residents reported seeing flames and smoke plumes rising in the area on the evening of Tuesday, April 12.
It began at PAM Saint Gobain, an iron supplier, and crews managed to get the flames under control by around 11pm. They remained at the scene until the morning of April 13, Derbyshire Live reports.
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A spokesperson for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “An investigation into the cause of a fire at a building on Lows Lane in Stanton-by-Dale has concluded that the fire was started deliberately.
“Firefighters were called to attend the fire in the disused building at 16.21 hours yesterday evening. Firefighters from Ilkeston returned this morning to carry out a reinspection to check for any hot spots. Lows Lane was closed during the incident but has now reopened.”
Residents described seeing smoke and flames at the time. Some said it was a regular occurrence.
Raymond Carnell, 93, a retired lorry driver living opposite the site of the fire, said: “It was all panic stations. There were six fire engines I saw and jet black smoke blocked the road. But the wind then blew it over the houses so it didn’t affect me much.
“It looked like tyre smoke to me – I don’t know what they had in there. There were lorries parked out the front and all, I don’t know what’s happened to them. This has happened a few times round here.”
A resident of Littlewell Lane, next to the cordon, who asked to remain anonymous, told Nottinghamshire Live on the night: “It was about half past 5 and we were doing tea and we saw a bit of smoke.
“I looked out the back window and there were some flames. It looked like a decent sized fire. It was a bit of a shock.”
And Mr and Mrs Brown of Quarry Hill, said they spotted the plumes of smoke out their window after having their tea. Mr Brown, 61, who has lived in the area for 20 years, said: “It was quite instantaneous, jet black smoke. It was quite intense.
“We had just had our tea and then looked out the window and thought ‘blimey’.”
They added that fires were quite a regular occurrence in the area.
You can see how the incident unfolded in our blog here.