Fire crews rushed to reports of a large amount of household waste on fire at the Butt Lane landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire at around 6am today.
The site is where RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague is thought by police to have ended up after climbing into a bin while on a night out with friends.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: “Crews were called at just after 6am this morning to the fire on Butt Lane in #Milton.
“A large amount of household waste and machinery are involved in the fire.”
The service later tweeted: “Around 40 firefighters are currently tackling a fire in #Milton near #Cambridge.
“Residents in the area are advised to keep their doors and windows closed due to the smoke.”
Pictures posted on social media by the fire service show flames rising up from the ground, with large plumes of black smoke filling the sky around it.
McKeague, originally from Fife, was last seen on a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in September 2016.
Detectives investigating the airman’s disappearance believe he climbed into the bin and was transported to the Milton waste site around 30 miles away.
Specialist search teams spent 27 weeks scouring the landfill near Cambridge last year but found no trace of Corrie’s remains.
On August 30, McKeague’s mother Nicola Urquhart made the shocking new claim that her son didn’t climb into the bin and was not in landfill.
The 49-year-old alleged a lack of CCTV in the hours after he vanished meant the airman could have walked or been driven out of the area he was last seen in.