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Fire destroys separating machine

A fire at a Kent waste plant has been tackled after it destroyed some machinery.

The blaze, being treated as accidental, started in a faulty trommel screen used to separate waste at Street Fuel’s facility on Chatham Docks.

Around 20 firefighters attended, with four engines and a foam unit.

They arrived to find thick, black smoke coming out of all the doors and vents. Two members of staff had attempted to deal with the fire prior to the fire service arriving.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a main jet, compressed air foam and water supplemented from a hydrant to tackle the blaze in the heavily smoke-logged building.

Once the fire was extinguished, a fan was used to clear smoke and fumes from the property. A thermal imaging camera was also used to check for hotspots.

A KFRS spokesperson said: “It was pretty clear that the fire started in a machine used for sorting different types of recyclable material. It started as the material was being loaded and spread to the whole machine.”

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