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HWRC closed after bulky waste fire

Kent hwrc fire

A household waste recycling centre in Kent has been closed after a fire broke out in its bulky waste bay at the weekend.

The fire involving an area of around 10m by 20m containing carpets and mattresses at North Farm HWRC on Dowding Way, Tunbridge Wells started at 8.15am on 22 October.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service sent three fire engines to the scene, and used positive pressure ventilation fans and a mechanical digger to create a break to help prevent further spread.

Due to a smoke plume, a nearby road was closed to traffic and pedestrian access was reduced, while nearby residents and businesses were advised to keep windows and doors shut.

The fire was put out before 2pm that day but the centre remains closed as Kent County Council undertakes structural surveys to establish the extent of the damage.

A council spokesperson said: “Nobody was injured in the fire and service will be resumed as soon as practicable.

“Sevenoaks [HWRC] should be used as an alternative in the meantime.”

They said the cause of the blaze was currently unknown.

The North Farm facility is also used as a transfer station by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council waste collection vehicles, and contingency arrangements have been made while the surveys take place.

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