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Fire at Viridor landfill extinguished

A fire at Viridor’s landfill site in Wareham, Dorset is out after burning for three days.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have left the site and Viridor is now managing the cooling phase, which includes digging through the waste to remove any hotspots and saturating the site with water.

A 24-hour watch on the site is being led by the company’s technical and environmental manager, Tim Bigelow, who spent 21 years in the fire service.

Engineering and compliance teams are also on site, alongside the Environment Agency, to look into how the fire started and to make sure the site is safe to re-open.

Dan Cooke, Viridor’s director of external affairs said: “We would like to thank the Dorset Fire and Rescue team who did a fantastic job getting this fire extinguished with a clear strategy and a professional and efficient team”.

The fire service initially sent six fire engines, one water carrier, and other vehicles to deal with the incident.

Photo by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

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