A14 closed as crews tackle Northamptonshire fire

Part of the A14 in Northamptonshire has been closed while more than 80 firefighters tackle a major blaze at a farm and reprocessing plant.

Firefighters expect to remain at Blackbridge Farm, Cranford Road, Burton Latimer, late into the evening and possibly overnight.

Crews were first called to the scene just after 08:20 BST on Sunday.

People living nearby have been told to close doors and windows as a smoke plume drifts north.

The fire is in a large industrial building measuring 100m (328ft) by 60m (196ft), which is used to store baled clothing and plastics.

'Under control'

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews from across the county and a water carrier from neighbouring Bedfordshire had attended the fire.

At least 16 fire engines are at the scene and about 100 firefighters have been tackling the blaze during the day.

Some have finished their shifts and been replaced with relief crews.

A police spokesman said: "The fire is under control but there is a smoke plume leaving the site and heading north at high level towards the Grafton Underwood vicinity.

"The plume is dissipating quickly and is regarded as low hazard but, as a precaution, residents are advised to close doors and windows should they notice the build up of smoke in the immediate vicinity."

Northamptonshire Police said the A14 had been closed at Junction 10, where it joins the A6, to allow hoses to be run.

The A6 Burton Latimer bypass is not accessible from Junction 10, and Finedon traffic is being diverted into Burton Latimer via the Higham Road.

There is a one-way system into Burton Latimer, and access routes into the town are via Finedon or the A509 Isham turning.

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