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Firefighters on offensive at three-week-old blaze

Firefighters have changed tactics and willoffensively tackle” a three-week-old blaze at a composting plant.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had conducted a supervised burn-out at the Envar Composting site at Somersham (pictured), where the fire began on New Year’s Eve.

But the service admitted that the smoke and odour generated “is having a considerable impact on residents nearby” and, as a result, “firefighting tactics will be changing to offensively tackle the fire”.

This could generate more smoke and odour in the short term but would extinguish the fire more rapidly. Residents were warned to continue to keep doors and windows closed.

Environment Agency staff are working with Envar “to understand the circumstances of the fire, assessing compliance with the environmental waste permit”, the fire service said.

An Envar statement said the company had implemented its established fire management plan after the blaze began in a windrow of composting organic garden and food waste.

“Envar can assure nearby residents and all other stakeholders that the company is working closely with the relevant agencies to control and extinguish the fire and minimise any impact on the surrounding community,” the statement said.

  • Meanwhile around 40 firefighters from the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service are tackling “a large fire involving domestic waste at a landfill site in Dunbar”. The fire has been locally reported as at a Viridor site and involving 300 tonnes of waste.



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