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Fire hits Basildon recycler

Scrap metal workers have been praised for helping fight a fire at a yard in Essex.



Crews and vehicles from Basilson, Southend, Billericay, Wickford, Rayleigh Weir and Orsett were sent to Total Waste Management in Basildon, where they were confronted with a 10m high pile of scrap metal, weighing around 300 tonnes.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) estimated that around 40% of the metal was alight and used an aerial ladder platform and foam to attack the blaze.

After around five hours, mechanical diggers were used to move the scrap to give access to any remaining hotspots.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage and ECFRS and the police have launched an investigation.

Assistant Divisional Officer Martin Pullen said: “The firefighters did an excellent job fighting the fire and managed to contain the blaze and prevented it from spreading to a second pile of scrap metal situated next to the one on fire.

“Thanks also go to the staff on site that helped out with their diggers allowing the crews to reach any deep seated hotpots within the pile.”

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