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Fire at Viridor landfill site

Firefighters in Dorset are tackling a blaze that broke out at the Viridor landfill site in Wareham yesterday (31 August).

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) said that there are a number of pumping appliances still at the site and “round-the-clock reliefs” are being arranged.

The fire service initially sent six fire engines, one water carrier, one land rover, one Unimog off-road vehicle and one mobile command vehicle to tackle the blaze, which DFRS says involves 300m² of waste.

Dan Cooke, director of external affairs at Viridor, said: “Whilst the cause of the incident is unclear at this time, the advice to surrounding properties, as with any fire, is to close windows until the situation has resolved. With stringent regulation, monitoring and training, fires at landfill sites are thankfully rare. 

“Staff followed standard response procedures at the site which manages non-hazardous household and business waste, and have remained present throughout the incident.”

The company thanked the emergency services and said that a full investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted.


Photo by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

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