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Fire at waste transfer plant

Fire crews have tackled a fire involving material at a municipal waste recycling centre in Inverness.

Two fire engines from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) attended the blaze at Inverness Recycling Transfer Centre on Tuesday.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus used two main jets to tackle the fire and set up a ground fixed hose.

Station manager Deryck Mackay said: “The plume of smoke was very thick and it was proving difficult to access the premises to attack the fire due to the large roller doors on the building being affected.

“However, after a short period of time we were able to open the doors and properly ventilate the building, thus giving us direct access to the fire.

“We then worked closely with site operators and using a mechanical digger we were able to spread the fire load in order to extinguish it and dampen it down.

“There were over 150 tonnes of refuse within the building but only several tonnes on fire, so the crews did an excellent job to stop it spreading.”

SFRS liaised with Police Scotland to warn local businesses and told residents to remain indoors with windows and doors closed as a precaution.

Crews left the scene and the site, run by Suez, was handed back to its owners after a period of damping down. Nobody was hurt.

A Suez spokesperson told MRW a pressurised canister such as a deodorant can may have started the blaze but an investigation was being held to confirm this.

No hazardous waste was involved and the site is now operating as usual.

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