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Huge blaze at plastics recycling depot

Firefighters worked through the night to extinguish a fire at a plastics recycling depot in Greater Manchester.

The blaze began on 15 March at the Junction Eco Park in Swinton which is home to plastics recycler Roydon.

At the height of the incident there were eight fire engines from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service at the scene, along with an aerial appliance and command support unit.

Area manager Wayne Shields, who was the officer in charge, said: “Crews were faced with a severe fire – when they first arrived plastic was melting and running down to the adjacent buildings.

“They did a fantastic job and worked extremely hard to protect the surroundings.”

Station manager Glyn O’Reilly said: “Everyone who worked on this incident has done a great job. They have managed to contain the fire and prevent a serious escalation. We have worked closely with the police and local businesses during the night as we want to minimise the impact on the local community.”

The fire service worked closely with the Environment Agency, United Utilities and Greater Manchester Police to deal with the incident.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is currently underway.

The fire service has released dramatic video coverage of the fire.

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