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Fire engulfs council recycling centre

Eight fire engines were needed to bring a blaze at a Kent County Council recycling site under control.

The fire hit Pepperhill household waste and recycling centre near Northfleet on Saturday, and continued into Sunday before being tamed.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said that, at the height of the blaze, it had eight fire engines, a hose layer, height vehicle, water unit and water shuttle in operation at the site, with a drone flying overhead to assist staff on the ground. Crews from across Kent had to use breathing apparatus.

A temporary speed limit had to be imposed on the nearby A2 trunk road after smoke blew across it.

The council said Pepperhill was closed until further notice and so other sites would be very busy.

It advised residents “to avoid visiting household waste and recycling centres this week unless absolutely necessary”.

A Kent County Council spokesman said: “Whilst this incident poses a significant inconvenience to both members of the public and the two relevant district councils that send their household waste to the site, we are confident that the contingency arrangements we have put in place will enable municipal waste in the area to continue to be handled and treated in the most appropriate fashion until this situation is resolved.

“Supplementary transport has been arranged to assist with the removal of the additional waste that they are receiving so that we can effectively deal with the demand.”

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