Fire update as residents start to return home after ‘severe’ blaze

More than 80 people were forced out of their homes in the early hours of this morning (August 16) following a huge fire in North Bretton.

Emergency services have been working through the night to control the blaze which started when a gas main ruptured.

Residents who live near Hyholmes, were evacuated from their properties and directed to The Cresset where they were looked after by the Red Cross.

Some of the evacuees have now been allowed to return to their homes as the fire service scale back the operation.

The cordon, which was originally 100m, has now been reduced and police are beginning to return some residents to their homes.

In a statement on the force’s Facebook page, they said: “The cordon for the #BrettonFire has now reduced and we are beginning to return some residents to their homes.

“If you were evacuated, please report to The Cresset in Bretton and await further instructions from officers. Thank you for your cooperation.”

A harrowing orange glow has filled the air around Bretton

Crews from Dogsthorpe, Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade, Stanground, Thorney,  Huntingdon, Gamlingay, Yaxley and Chatteris attended the blaze, being joined by specialist units.

These specialist units included the incident command unit and two water carriers, one from Ramsey and one from Holbeach (Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service).

Crews arrived to find a substantial fire in a building affecting a gas mains supply and firefighters set up hose reels to prevent the fire spreading to nearby properties.

As a precaution, 80 people were made to leave their homes, the fire service were initially directed to what appeared to be a small garden fire – however they quickly realised a gas main had ruptured and burst into flames.

Those who were evacuated have been signposted to The Cresset in Bretton, where they are being looked after by the Red Cross.

Incident commander, Danny Kelly has assured coronavirus and social distancing measures are being adhered to.

Danny Kelly, incident commander

In a video updated posted by the fire service on Twitter, Danny Kelly said: “I’m coming to you from North Bretton in Peterborough, at the scene of a large fire involving a ruptured gas main.

“The fire service were called early this morning at 12:50am to a small fire in the garden.

“When crews arrived they discovered quite a large gas main on fire.

“Currently on the scene we have four fire engines and two water carriers.

“Police, ambulance, gas and electric are currently on the scene and are working together to try and reduce and stop the gas from leaking.

“It is quite a severe fire at the moment and the fire service are protecting surrounding properties.

“We have evacuated approximately 80 people from the surrounding area and we have a 100m cordon in place, which has been done by our police colleagues.”

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