go

Arson suspected as firecrews tackle blaze in Colthrop

Tyre fire causes large plume of smoke seen from Thatcham

Chris Ord

Reporter:

Chris Ord

Contact:

01635 886639

Arson suspected as firecrews tackle blaze in Colthrop

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a blaze in Colthrop Lane last night (Tuesday) after a tyre pile had apparently been set on fire.

At around 7.30pm eye witnesses reported a pall of thick black smoke which hung over homes in Colthrop drifting towards Thatcham.

Two fire engines from Newbury accessed the site just south of the River Kennet via the gated bridge at Kennetholme Quarry owned by Grundon.

On arrival crews discovered the tyres well alight with eight firefighters battling the blaze.

They remained on site for approximately two hours before the flames were eventually extinguished.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Covell was walking along the canal towpath around 7.45pm when she saw flames coming from the disused quarry.

Miss Covell said: "I was just walking past and saw flames and smoke in a building across the field so I rang the fire brigade."

According to firecrews a family of rabbits had made a warren nearby but did not survive the blaze.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue say that arson is suspected and the investigation has now been passed onto Thames Valley Police.

Police have been mounting regular patrols near the old mill site following a number of incidents involving youths at a derelict home in the adjoining woodland.

PICTURE CREDIT: Newbury Firestation

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000

News

The Hungerford Club does it again!
All Districts

The Hungerford Club does it again!

It's nominated CAMRA Club of the Year once more

 
St George's Day takes flight in Newbury Market Place
News

St George's Day takes flight in Newbury Market Place

Falconry display and other activities to celebrate patron saint of England

 
News

Every runner's a winner

 
News

EXCLUSIVE: Autistic boy housed with dangerous sex offender

7comments

 
News

Newbury youngsters learn at the school of rock