Arson is the possible cause of the fire which has destroyed Eurokey Recycling’s plastics recycling site in Enderby, Leicester.
The fire broke out on Sunday 2 May outside of the building in the yard. It has burnt down the whole of the 20,000 square foot site and destroyed balling equipment and three forklift trucks onsite. The blaze was still burning this afternoon (3 May).
According to Eurokey commercial director Joe Bisland, Leicestershire Constabulary is suspicious as to the cause of the fire because there were no combustible liquids or electrical wires nearby. He told MRW the police are currently following a line of inquiry.
However, Leicestershire Constabulary said at this stage it could not confirm whether the fire was suspicious or not. It said it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire and is appealing to the public for any information.
Bisland said: “The site is completely gutted and the whole place will need to be completely rebuilt. We have another site in Lount where we will continue to process material and we were to be shortly opening a new 50,000 square foot site in Hinckley, which will also process material. The fire will have an effect on the business but the intention is to not affect customer orders.”
Eurokey has also rented a small site in Leicester for the company’s IT and administrative operations.
No staff or personnel were present at the time of the fire.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue was alerted to the incident at 2.10pm and four engines initially tried to put the fire out. By the afternoon 10 fire engines were tackling the blaze. Due to a large smoke plume caused by the fire, residents were told to ensure windows were closed.