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Waste wood fire could burn for days

Firefighters have warned a blaze at a recycling centre in Derbyshire could burn for days.

Crews were called to the site, where around 8,000 tonnes of waste wood is burning, at 10.37pm on Saturday.

Residents near the facility on Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale were warned to keep windows and doors shut as thick smoke enveloped homes.  

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service also advised drivers on the near-by M1 to take extra care and keep vehicle windows closed.

A fire service spokesman told the BBC: “Unfortunately because the wind [was] against us, and the way the wood was stored in the yard, it’s been very difficult to access the whole perimeter of the fire so it could last two, three or several days.”

The fire service said it is working with Derbyshire Emergency Planning and the Environmental Health Agency “to ensure the safety of the local community”.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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