Hotpoint factory fire: Five teenagers arrested

By Lucia Binding, news reporter Five teenagers aged between 15 and 19 have been arrested after a raging fire tore through lorry trailers at a washing machine factory in Peterborough. Explosions were heard from miles away as large clouds of black smoke shrouded the city.

The fire at the Hotpoint factory in Shrewsbury Avenue damaged or destroyed 48 trailers at an estimated cost of GBP2m.

Image: Smoke could be seen billowing into the sky after the fire broke out in Peterborough. Pic: Terry HarrisHotpoint factory fire: Five teenagers arrestedImage: Around 50 firefighters have been working to bring the blaze under controlHotpoint factory fire: Five teenagers arrestedImage: The fire tore through lorry trailersWitnesses reported on social media hearing explosions as torrents of dark smoke were visible for miles across the city.

“Insane fire in Peterborough currently.

Can see it from miles away too. Thinking it’s Hotpoint in the Woodston area?” one Twitter user wrote. Another said: “Hotpoint on fire.

So many explosions. Hope all are safe.”

Residents were warned to keep their doors and windows closed. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service posted images showing around trailers completely gutted by fire at around 9pm on Thursday – around two hours after they were called to the incident.

Hotpoint factory fire: Five teenagers arrestedImage: Torrents of black smoke were visible for miles across the city.

Pic: @ragstrueHotpoint factory fire: Five teenagers arrestedImage: Firefighters have been tackling the blaze.

Pic: Terry Harris

Police asked people to stay clear of the area and said temporary road closures were in place in Shrewsbury Avenue, Morley Way and Celta Road.

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