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Recycling depot gutted by fire close to Buncefield disaster site

A fire has gutted Holywell Haulages recycling depot in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, close to the site of 2005 Buncefield oil fire. Hertfordshire fire brigade were called at 9.51 am and the first fire engine arrived at 9.57. While no one was hurt, 1000 people were evacuated from adjacent buildings. A fire brigade spokeswoman said: While the fire was contained in the building, which was gutted, a digger and a lorry were destroyed as well. Aerosols in a skip were believed to have started the fire and caused loud but minor explosions. At the height of the fire eight fire engines attended and once the fire was out, some fire crews stayed at the scene to prevent reignitions. Holywell Haulages site at Maxted Close industrial estate houses a waste transfer station and a skip hire business.

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