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Fire at Scottish energy from waste plant

More than 30 fire-fighters have tackled a blaze at a Scotgen energy from waste facility near Dumfries.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said it committed crews from Dumfries and Galloway as well as South Lanarkshire to the incident on 18 July with an additional crew from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service crossing the border to provide additional assistance.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “We received a number of 999 calls from the public reporting thick smoke emanating from the roof of an industrial building on Lockerbie Road.

“Members of staff at the site reported there was no-one within the building and the incident commander ordered his firefighters to tackle the flames from outside using main water jets.

“In order to increase personnel and resources at the scene, crews from Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright were dispatched along-with an aerial rescue pump from Hamilton in South Lanarkshire.”

In July 2012, MRW reported that the plant had resumed operations after being forced to stop for breaching emissions limits.The decision came after routine sampling by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency indicated the plant had exceeded dioxin levels.

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