Dramatic photos showed the ferocity of the fire, which erupted just six miles from the airport and raged for more than 10 hours. The blaze broke out at the Rowfant Business Park in Crawley Downs, West Sussex. Adrian Murphy, Incident Commander of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said no one was injured in the fire, which broke out in an unpopulated area.
He said: “I would like to thank all of our crews, and our colleagues from across our borders, for their hard work throughout the night to contain what was a very complicated incident. “At this stage it remains too early to speculate on the cause of the fire, an investigation is ongoing.”
A spokeswoman for the fire service added: “We received the first call at 1:15am, and had 13 calls to the incident in total. “At its height, there were 12 engines at the scene, and there are currently four crews left supported by specialist appliances. “We are working closely with the Environment Agency to ensure the environment is protected, and any complications with the water course are accounted for.”
No flights are believed to have been affected by the blaze.