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Firefighters tackle fire at Viridor waste site in Ashford

Fire crews are making good progress on tackling a fire at Viridor’s waste transfer station in Ashford, Kent.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said that, initially, six fire engines attended the incident in the early hours of the morning of 10 May.

Later in the morning, the fire service said the number of engines had been reduced to four, but firefighters were expected to remain on-site for some hours because the fire was deep seated.

The fire service said: “Crews are using equipment to drag the burning material from the fire zone and reach hotspots, and main jets are being used to attack the blaze. Fan sprays are being used to prevent smoke from spreading to the surrounding areas.”

It also tweeted: “Residents in the Godinton Road and surrounding areas of Ashford are asked to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution due to smoke coming from a large recycling centre fire nearby.”

By midday the number of fire engines was reduced to two, with firefighters remaining to dampen down and turn over remaining hotspots.

A Viridor spokesperson said: “A small fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at our waste transfer station on the Cobbs Wood Trading Estate, Ashford. It was quickly and safely extinguished by the fire service, who remain on-site as a precaution to dampen down the small volume of remaining waste.

“Our business operations continue as normal, although this small, little-used facility will remain closed for the rest of today. There were no injuries as a result of this morning’s incident and our well-rehearsed incident management plans were successfully enacted.

“It is currently too early to say what caused the fire and an investigation is underway.”

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