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Viridor fire extinguished after five days

Firefighters have extinguished a fire at a non-hazardous domestic and trade waste facility operated by Viridor five days after it started.

Crews used three vehicles, eight ground monitors, two main jets and high-volume pumps to tackle a blaze at the landfill restoration site in Dimmer, Somerset, which broke out in a landfill cell used for the reception of waste on 27 June.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has now handed the site back to Viridor, which says it is expected to reopen to incoming waste on 6 July.

The company said it will continue to dig, turn and wet the hot spots and affected area in the coming days.

Waste is currently being diverted to other disposal and transfer sites, including Walpole near Bridgwater and Broadpath, Devon.

The firm’s adjacent household waste recycling centre has remained open.

The Somerset Waste Partnership has warned that some rubbish collections in the local area could be delayed as a result of the fire.

Viridor thanked the fire and rescue services for their support. Nobody was injured.

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