UPDATE: No injuries reported at major fire at Easton

A major fire has broken out at a factory in Easton, south of Grantham.

The fire is believed to be at Norbert Dentressangle.

Photograph by @TamiGilbz

Photograph by @TamiGilbz

There are reports of 12 fire crews dealing with the incident from Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.

Natasha Harlsey of Great Ponton was one of the first to spot the blaze.

She said: “We were on our way home to Great Ponton when we saw a plume of smoke so came to check it out.

“We were right outside the front gate and saw the flames but we’ve now been moved off onto the main road.

The fire at Norbert Dentressangle at Easton, sent in by Clare Cope.

The fire at Norbert Dentressangle at Easton, sent in by Clare Cope.

“The building itself is on fire. It started off in the cold packing area but it has been spreading.”

UPDATE:

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is warning people in the area to keep doors and windows closed.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue tweeted: “12 pumps, 3 hydraulic platforms, 1 high volume pump and 1 hose layer in attendance at a fire in a commercial property used at food preparation plant, measuring 150x200m.

“Full evacuation of site taking place by Lincs Fire & Rescue staff

“If in the area/affected by smoke, keep doors/windows closed. Further information on this incident will be posted later.”

UPDATE 2:

There are so far no injuries reported in today’s fire at Easton. All staff from Norbert Dentressangle and nearby PAS have been evacuated.

Three of the four cold storage areas at Norbert Dentressangle are on fire. However, all three are believed to be empty.

A fourth, which has yet to catch fire, contains pet food. Fire fighters are working to prevent the fire spreading.

The fire is believed to have started in the battery room where forklift truck batteries are stored.

Update 3:

East Midlands Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) is at the scene.

The HART are specially recruited and trained EMAS personnel who provide an ambulance response to major incidents including chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) or other hazardous materials or could involve incidents such as train crashes, large-scale motorway accidents, building collapses or significant fires that have occurred as a result of an accident or have been caused deliberately.

Update 4 - road closures:

Lincolnshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit on road closures: A1 High Dyke closed. Burton Lane between Easton and Burton Coggles closed.

EXTRA: A big, big thank you to everyone who has responded so far to our call for photographs. We’ve had a huge response. A selection are featured in the video accompanying this story.

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