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Greater Manchester depot blaze continues

Some 1,500 tonnes of materials were lost in a fire that has been burning for more than a week at a recycling facility in Stockport, Great Manchester.

The facility in Bredbury has been identified as belonging to Junction 25 Recycling, a waste collection, processing and recovery service provider.

The blaze broke out on Tuesday 20 August and a week later three fire engines and 15 firefighters were still on the scene digging out and turning waste to look for remaining active fires. The Environment Agency was also on the site.

Chris Mycock, incident commander and station manager at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), said: “The fire is surrounded and under control but in this recovery stage as we continue to turn over and work through the bales. The nature of fires like this means we can get new pockets of fire as we go.”

“It’s likely we could remain here for a number of days to come,” he added.

Some 1,500 one-tonne bales of waste materials were on the site and involved in the fire, a spokesperson for GMFRS told MRW.

He added that the firefighters believe the materials to be mainly residual household waste.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The blaze was at least the second major incident at the Bredbury facility after another large fire broke out in July 2011 involving some 6,000 tonnes of materials, according to the Manchester Evening News.

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