Busy afternoon for firefighters after a series of emergencies
Crews called out to a number of incidents within the space of a couple of hours
Firefighters worked tirelessly across the city on Sunday as they were forced to deal with a series of emergency incidents.
Crews from Peterborough, Lincolnshire, Huntingdon and March were extremely busy due to a number of fires and collisions on the A1.
The most noticeable of all the incidents was the fire at O’Neills in Broadway which was caused accidentally by “discarded smoking material,” according to a Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson.
The road was shut for more than two hours as firefighters pulled wooden cladding off the pub to get to the source of the fire, while staff were also seen leaving the premises.
Fire crews from Dogsthorpe, the Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade and Market Deeping were called to O’Neills at 3.12pm and wearing breathing apparatus they extinguished the fire using a hose reel.
But, while the flames at O’Neills were being extinguished, crews from Whittlesey, Stanground, March, Dogsthorpe, Huntingdon and Ramsey were called to an outdoor blaze at the former mushroom factory in Broadway, Yaxley, at 4.27pm.
Firefighters arrived to find a well-developed fire involving a large amount of wooden pallets.
They extinguished the fire using hose reels and jets before returning to their stations by midnight.
Police are now investigating the fire which was caused deliberately.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Police are also investigating a car fire in Paston which also occurred on Sunday afternoon.
Fire crews from March and Ramsey were called to the fire at Norwood Lane at 3.46pm.
Firefighters arrived to find two fires involving a car and rubbish. They extinguished the fires using hose reels before returning to their stations. The fire was said to have been caused deliberately. It was also a busy day on the roads for firefighters on Sunday. Crews from Stanground, Dogsthorpe and Stamford were called out just before 3pm to the A1 northbound near Wittering to rescue two people trapped in a car after a single vehicle collision.
One of the people, a woman in her 40s, was said to be in a serious condition and was taken to Peterborough City Hospital after treatment from the region’s ambulance service and Magpas air ambulance. The woman was said to be in a stable condition on arrival at hospital.
Fire crews from Stanground and Stamford were then called to the junction of the A47 and A1 after a single vehicle collision left a car on its roof .
The firefighters released the driver who was left in the care of ambulance crews.
It is not known what injuries she suffered.
Firefighters tackling a blaze at the former mushroom factory in Yaxley, and, inset, the scene outsideO’Neills in Broadway.
The scene at O’Neills