Firefighters tackling huge blaze at disused factory

A fire has broken out in a disused factory on an industrial estate in Suffolk.

Firefighters were called to the former Delphi Diesel Systems site in Newton Road, Sudbury, at 17:10 BST on Tuesday.

Sixteen fire appliances from towns including Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Woodbridge as well as four engines from over the Essex border were sent to the scene.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze had taken hold in about half the building, but no-one was believed to have been injured.

Flames have spread across an area of about 100m (324ft) by 50m (164ft) inside the derelict factory, she added.

A police cordon has sealed off a nearby road.

The spokeswoman said it was "too early" to say how the blaze might have started.

Local residents have been urged by the fire service to keep their windows and doors closed and "stay clear of the area".

Fire crews from Colchester, Halstead, Woodbridge, Hadleigh, Sudbury, Long Melford, Clare, Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds, Ixworth have all been dispatched to the scene.

Delphi Diesel Systems, which made components for the motor industry, closed its site in 2020, causing scores of jobs losses.

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