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Viridor extinguishes final evidence of fire at Liskeard Lean quarry landfill

Viridor is extinguishing the final hotspots at its Lean quarry landfill in Liskeard, Cornwall after a fire broke out at the site last week.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue was alerted to the fire at 4.30am last Thursday (24 June). It broke out on one of the tip faces, and firefighters began containing the blaze when they arrived at the scene. A 2km cordon was placed around the fire, which contained two properties, however the householders decided to remain in their properties.  The site reopened the following day.

Currently, experts at Viridor are using a thermal imaging camera on site. Hot spots underneath the surface of the landfill where the fire broke out have been found and are being raked over to allow in oxygen which will allow the fire to burn in a controlled atmosphere.  This will be repeated over the following few days until the whole surface has been disturbed.

A spokesperson for Viridor said: “Luckily there wasn’t much damage to any infrastructure so the cost of the fire is more associated with the inconvenience of the site being shut for a day and a half.”

A full investigation is being undertaken to find out the cause of the fire.

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