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Large fire at recycling plant

Firefighters are tackling a blaze among hundreds of bales of materials at a Lincolnshire recycling plant.

Police, fire and ambulance services were called to Mid UK’s Barkston Heath warehousing complex in Ancaster where 4,000 bales of mixed household waste and shredded carpets were alight.

Fire crews tackled the blaze through the night with 12 appliances, a water carrier, a hose layer and a high volume pump, keeping nearby buildings cool.

Area manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Stuart Ruff said: “This is a reasonably large incident and all agencies have worked tremendously hard since the early hours of this morning.

“It was initially a very fierce fire but as we took immediate action we were able to bring it under control.

“We will now continue to extinguish the small pockets of fire that continue, and relief crews have taken over from firefighters that were here at 2am.

“There remains a plume of smoke which is constantly being monitored.”

Emergency services advised residents to keep their windows closed as there was thick black smoke coming from the fire and a number of roads have been closed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. There are no injuries.

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