PEOPLE were advised to stay indoors and close their windows during a massive fire in Somerset yesterday evening (Thursday, May 5).

Crews from 10 fire stations attended the incident in Lufton Trading Estate, Brympton, Yeovil.

The blaze started in a skip within a secure compound shortly before 6.30pm.

Chard & Ilminster News:

Firefighters confirmed that 130 tonnes of non-hazardous waste was ablaze.

At the height of the fire, a large plume of smoke drifted towards Cartgate bypass and nearby properties.

Fire engines from Yeovil, Sherborne, Crewkerne, Street, Ilminster, Bridgwater, Martock, Somerton, Castle Cary and Wellington Fire Station attended.

Chard & Ilminster News:

Throughout the incident the following equipment was used:

  • three hose reel jets;
  • four main jets
  • a water carrier;
  • an aerial ladder platform;
  • two on-site mechanical diggers;
  • eight breathing apparatus;
  • two ground monitors.

Slight damage was also reported to a mechanical waste conveyor machine.