Brackmills warehouse fire: No injuries and cause currently unknown, fire service confirms

It is anticipated that roads will reopen by mid-morning

By Alastair Ulke
Saturday, 1st May 2021, 8:35 am
Updated Saturday, 1st May 2021, 8:38 am

The cause of a huge warehouse fire in Northampton which started in the early hours of today (May 1) is currently unknown.

It has, however, been confirmed that nobody was hurt in the large blaze in Caswell Road, Brackmills.

Station commander at the scene, Steven Swan, told Chronicle & Echo: "A full investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched. The cause is currently unknown.

The scene of the warehouse fire in Brackmills.

"The fire service will be in attendance throughout the day but we're hoping to open the road networks by mid-morning to early afternoon.

"We recognise the resources we have here have an impact on Brackmills but we're asking the public to bear with us."

Pictures and videos from the scene show the devastating damage caused to buildings on the industrial estate.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) was originally called to the warehouse at 1.30am today.

The scene of the warehouse fire in Brackmills.

In the early hours, eight appliances, two aerial pumps, two water bowsers and a high volume pump were needed.

The A45 slip eastbound and westbound slip exit roads both remain closed but are expected to open mid-morning and Stagecoach Midlands servies 12 and 12A to Brackmills are currently unable to operate.

The incident has required the fire service to obtain a water supply from Northampton Waterski and Wakeboard club, as well as help from crews in Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

The fire service is warning all residents close by to keep windows and doors closed.

The scene of the warehouse fire in Brackmills.

Updates on this as we get them.

The scene of the warehouse fire in Brackmills.