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Berkshire fire smoulders on

A fire at a composting facility near Reading continues to burn more than ten weeks since it started.

The fire in 1,000 tonnes of wood mulch at Beenham started accidentally on 30 Nov 2012, as a result of the heat from biodegrading.

The site had been leased by composting company Good2Grow but it had stopped trading before the fire began.

The Environment Agency said it had received more than 20 complaints about the fire, and it was investigating to see if Good2Grow was in breach of its environmental permits, according to a BBC report.

A spokesperson from the fire service said the piles of mulch were now mostly ash and pouring water on them could cause a huge ash cloud. The burning was likely to last another few weeks, she added.

MRW recently reported that the trend of fire instances increasing has reversed in 2012. However, insurers have told MRW that they are concerned about the number of recycling site fires.

MRW also researched media reports of recycling fires and generated a map of incidents in 2012.


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