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Crews battle blaze at Recycling Lives

Fire crews have fought a blaze among 100 scrap vehicles at Recycling Lives’ premises in Longridge Road, Preston.

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service had 12 fire engines and crews present at the height of the fire, which started in the early hours on Sunday morning but had been largely extinguished by 4am, although some crews remained on-site.

No casualties have been reported and an investigation into the cause of the fire is in progress.

Recycling Lives staff assisted fire crews by using mechanical diggers to create additional fire breaks. Water used to extinguish the fire was contained on-site, preventing pollution of water courses and surface water drainage.

A spokesman for Recycling Lives told a local newspaper: “At around 1am on Sunday security teams detected a fire. Emergency services were called and, thanks to the work of fire crews, along with a number of our own team who quickly attended site, it was extinguished by 4am.

“Thanks to our first-rate environmental and safety processes and training, no-one was injured and damage was able to be easily contained.

“We are now conducting a thorough investigation and are pleased to be able to restart operations as normal tomorrow.

“We are extremely grateful to the fire service and our team members whose work and efforts were exceptional.”

Recycling Lives won the Team of the Year – Commercial category in MRW’s National Recycling Awards 2018.

Earlier this month, the company reported that its turnover had more than doubled in two years, with sales of more than £75m in 2017-18, growing from £31.7m in 2015-16.

It works from 11 sites mainly in scrap metals, end-of-life vehicles, general waste and WEEE, and operates charitable programmes that rehabilitate offenders, support homeless people and redistribute surplus food.

Picture: Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service

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