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Sudbury: Firefighters battle a blaze at a disused factory

Image caption, The fire broke out on the former Delphi site, which closed in 2020

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

Firefighters were called to the former Delphi Diesel Systems site in Newton Road, Sudbury, at 5:10pm BST on Tuesday.

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

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had affected about half the building but no one was believed to have been injured.

The flames have spread over an area of ​​about 100 by 50 meters in the abandoned factory, she added.

A police cordon has closed a nearby road.

The spokeswoman said it was “too early” to say how the fire may have started.

Local residents have been urged by the fire brigade to keep windows and doors closed and to “stay away from the area”.

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

Delphi Diesel Systems, which made components for the automotive industry, closed its site in 2020, causing the loss of dozens of jobs.

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