A major fire has broken out at a refrigeration unit recycling plant in Wellingborough.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service have been present at the factory of Environmental Storage Solutions at Leyland Trading Estate since the weekend with crews attending every four to six hours to conduct fire inspections and monitor remaining hot spots and structure.
Chief fire officer Martyn Emberson said: “Although there is no imminent risk to life, we expect this fire to continue for a number of days and to produce significant amounts of smoke. Current advice suggests that there are limited risks to health and we will continue to monitor air quality and update the community as required.”
A Public Health England spokesman said: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.
“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.”
He said there have been no reports of people experiencing ill effects from this fire so far.
Environmental Storage Solutions are still assessing the extent of the fire before providing comment.
MRW has recently reported a major insurer pulled out of the waste industry after reporting losses in the sector and citing an “unprecedented” amount of fires as a major reason.
Waste industry members also expressed concern at the rising cost of insurance premiums.