An investigation is currently ongoing over the cause of a fire which tore through an industrial unit at a quarry in the Cotswolds, reports.

More than 70 firefighters in 15 vehicles attended the blaze at Chipping Camden on Saturday (16th). It saw engines come from Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Broadway, Evesham and Pebworth. Not only that, two water carriers and an aerial appliance were also sent from Cheltenham.

Firefighters manage to dampen the blaze but only after some 11 hours on the scene. Work was made more difficult because of having to source water for such a rural location. There was also added concern over high voltage power systems and the potential of gas cylinder explosions.

The fire itself ripped through a 100 metre industrial unit, which contained waste material. Whilst no cause has yet been established, the fire service has said it would be keeping an “open mind” and would, if required, work alongside local police forces in identifying what may have happened.

Speaking after the fire was extinguished, area manager with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Derek Cross, told “We were assisted by contractors on the site and we’ve managed to break apart the debris and that’s allowed us to put the fire our quite quickly.

“We’ve left the site now, but we will still be talking to individuals and we will probably be going back for a look on Monday morning. If we need to, we will obviously work closely with the police. At this stage we are keeping an open mind.”