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UPDATED: Fire at Sita wood recycling site

A fierce fire has ravaged a Sita wood recycling site in west London with 9,000 tonnes of chippings destroyed.

Earlier unspecific reports that a fire had hit a wood recycler in West Drayton on Tuesday morning are now know to have referred to Sita’s Holloway Lane Quarry site.

Media reports that 25,000 to 50,000 tonnes of wood chip were destroyed in the fire have been refuted by Sita.

A spokeswoman for Sita told MRW: “At present, we don’t know the cause of the fire but there will be an investigation to find out.”

London Fire Brigade said 15 appliances were called to the site at 4am and fought the blaze until almost midday.

Firefighters stayed at the scene putting out remaining deep-seated pockets of fire overnight and remain there to ensure it does not reignite.

As well as the chippings, two JCB diggers were also destroyed. Nearby Heathrow Primary School was closed all day.

LFB station manager Turan Turan said: “There were around 50,000 tonnes of woodchip on site so it’s easy to imagine how intense the fire was and how much smoke it generated.”

The blaze follows a serious fire ripping through what was reported to be an electrical recycling firm on an industrial estate in Surrey.

This story updated: 5 October at 10.22am.

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