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Second fire in three months at household waste recycling centre

Firefighters have tackled a second large blaze in three months at a household waste recycling centre in Saffron Walden.

Five crews were called to the fire at 3.15pm on 27 June at Carr & Bircher Skips on Hollow Road, Widdington.

Crews from Newport, Stansted, Saffron Walden Thaxted and Bishop Stortford used water jets to douse the alight pile, which covered an area of 100m by 40m.

Contractors used machinery to remove a large pile of cylinders before they were affected.

A spokesperson for the recycling company told MRW the site was in full operation following the blaze: “It was a very small controlled fire thanks to our fire prevention policy. We have no damage and there was no detriment environmentally.”

A 300-tonne fire (pictured) was previously tackled at the site on 4 April.

In a separate incident, firefighters have tackled a blaze at a recycling centre in the Bordesley area of Birmingham involving four tonnes of raw plastic material and wood.

Nine West Midlands Fire Service firefighters from Highgate wore breathing apparatus and left after an hour.

No damage was caused to the site and nobody was injured.


Readers' comments (1)

  • The annual ‘Fire Statistics Report’ from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service suggests that the waste management industry suffers a fire at least once every day of the year and estimated that the financial cost of emergency service attendance at refuse fires in 2012/13 cost £15.9 million. A simple roof covering can help minimise fires at waste management facilities caused by airborne ignition or through spontaneous combustion and help keep costs down for the both the industry and emergency services.

    Robert Alvarez, De Boer Sales Director – Commercial

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