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Fire tackled at north Wales MRF

A fire has been put out at a MRF in north Wales, after it was tackled for five and a half hours.

All employees were evacuated after an isolated part of UPM Shotton’s facility on Deeside Industrial Estate caught fire at 8pm on 30 January.

The plant was immediately shut down and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service tackled the blaze using six appliances, an aerial ladder platform and an incident command unit.

Fire crews brought the fire under control by midnight, with assistance from the company’s own emergency response team, departing at 1.30am.

It is thought the initial site of the fire was in a waste residue holding bay. Fire investigation teams were on-site and further investigations will be undertaken today as a matter of procedure and routine.

David Ingham, UPM general manager, said: “We are grateful to the emergency services who responded in a timely and professional manner to bring the situation under control.

“Paper production is unaffected with no downtime. All other operations on-site continue as normal. We will provide further updates as appropriate.”

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

This week South Northants Council members, including Dermot Bambridge, portfolio holder for environmental services, were joined by recycling officers and members of the collections team during a tour of the facility.

The MRF sorts materials before recycling including paper, cardboard and other dry recyclate. It processes approximately 200,000 tonnes of material annually and operates as a standalone facility within the UPM Shotton site.

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