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Fire services tackle series of waste fires

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Firefighters have tackled yet another series of blazes at recycling plants around the UK in the past week.

On the morning of 8 August, firefighters from Wigton and Carlisle were called to a fire on land off Minor Road, in Bowness on Solway, Cumbria.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said the fire involved a large quantity of waste timber and refuse. Crews used two hose reel jets and two breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

On 4 August, eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to a fire at a waste recycling centre on Transport Avenue, Brentford, Essex.

Around 1,000 tonnes of mixed household refuse were damaged by fire, which produced a low level plume of smoke.

Residents living nearby were advised to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service also tackled a fire at a recycling plant Bulwer Avenue on Friday (pictured) on 3 August.

At the height of the incident there were two water tenders, two water carriers, a turntable ladder and a command support vehicle at the scene. The maximum number of firefighters at the incident at one time was 23, including a crew of four who were from the Airport Fire & Rescue Service.

The incident was officially closed on Saturday 4 August.

Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service released a statement that said: “Our thoughts are with the staff of Guernsey Recycling and other nearby businesses who were affected by this incident on Friday. We thank them for their patience and understanding, which assisted us greatly while dealing with this incident.”

Investigations will take place to understand the cause of the fire.



Readers' comments (1)

  • It seems that conventional wisdom is ineffective in preventing waste fires because the nature and cause is completely unpredictable. In a more normal summer there is an increase in fires in hot months but in 2018 we have had extensive ongoing high temperatures resulting in tinder dry material coupled with the unpredictability of incoming material. It doesn’t matter whether the material is in an enclosed building or in the open air the risk in Summer 2018 has probably been elevated by 50 times, all largely our of our control. With current experience all sites subject to risk need 24 hour on site control to ensure immediate response to the smallest of fires and we need deluging systems to be immediately available with fire standpipes and hoses ready for immediate deployment. Nothing can prevent unpredictable fires and we must rely on speed of response on site and from the fire brigade. All this presumes acceptable fire fighting facilities are already installed on site. You don’t want to have a fire.....

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