8.8.2016. TOWERING INFERNO. Huge plumes of smoke were first spotted at 8.30pm in village of St Erth, Cornwall.


A colossal fire engulfed the summer night sky over Cornwall with thick plumes of smoke disrupting train services and terrifying locals.

The huge blaze broke out at the tyre plant in the Cornish village of St Erth near to the town of Hayle.  A blanket of black smoke covered the rural community causing havoc to travel services.

All trains to St Ives and Penzance had been suspended as authorities waited until the fire died down.  The blaze was first spotted by frightened residents at 8:30pm and the smoke could be seen from miles away.

Fire and Rescue investigators warned locals to stay indoors and to keep their windows sealed shut.  The giant fire could be seen for miles.

The fire that broke out at the recycling centre continued to blaze into its third day.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue stated that more than 70 fire fighters were called to fight it. 

Ruptured fuel tanks have caused the fire to spread with another bursting on Wednesday morning 10.8.16, fire fighters said.

Owners Kathy and Mark Bailey said all the usual safety checks were completed the night the fire started.  The pair thanked the emergency services and sent their thoughts to the residents of St Erth who "bore the brunt of the smoke".

Public Health England said people living near to the fire were not likely to suffer any long-term health effects. There have been no reports of water pollution but soil samples from areas affected by firewater run-off would be collected for inspection, the Environment Agency said.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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