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Firefighters save Forest Row home after huge fire at fruit processing plant

By LewisDean  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

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FIREFIGHTERS prevented a huge fire sweeping towards a property last night after a fruit processing plant went up in flames.

Seven fire engines in total attended the fire at the end of Brambletye Lane from 7pm last night (Tuesday), including two from East Grinstead fire station.

There was still at least one fire engine at the plant this morning (Wednesday) having remained at the site over night.

Firefighters were forced to place a pump in the River Medway to get a flow of water to the blaze as there was no appliance for them to source water from.

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Watch commander Gary Waters said firefighters managed to save a nearby property from being consumed.

"When we arrived equipment including large fridges were on fire. There was also a 2,000 litre fuel tank which was alight and meant firefighters had waves of flames coming at them.

"But we managed to get it under control and stop it from spreading to a nearby property at the back of the processing plant."

No one was injured in the fire and an investigation is underway into what caused it.

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