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200 tonnes in recycling plant blaze

Crews have tackled a fire involving 200 tonnes of waste and a refuse building at a transfer station in Greater Manchester.

Forty firefighters and officers attended the blaze at Wheeldon Brothers Waste in Mossdown Road, Royton, in the early hours.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service announced by 5.30am that its crews had brought the blaze under control, with 15 firefighters remaining at the scene.

Fire station manager Mick Lawlor said: “Firefighters have worked hard through the night to bring the blaze under control using water jets.

“There is a small amount of smoke in the area where the fire is, but we have managed to get rid of the plume that could be seen when the blaze first broke out.

“We have worked with partners from a number of agencies so far, including the local authority and United Utilities.”

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