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Industry hit by five fires in a week

In another week when fires hit the waste industry, at least five blazes have been recorded across England and Wales.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to a non-hazardous landfill site near Haverfordwest, operated by Resources Management UK, and described by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) as taking waste from a range of local authorities.

Water bowsers are being used to smother the fire with water and soil, but NRW said it could take some time to extinguish it completely.

Lincolnshire Live has reported that 40 firefighters tackled a blaze at Mid UK Recycling’s site in Caythorpe that arose from an overheating shredder and surrounding wood chippings.

A Brighton & Hove City Council bin lorry caught fire last week when flames emerged from the vehicle’s recycling compartment. It was extinguished by the fire brigade.

In Norfolk, FCC Environment’s Mile Cross recycling centre is expected to remain closed for the next few days while repairs are made to the roof following a fire, the county’s fire and rescue service has said.

A site at Everite Road, Widnes, understood to belong to Fresco Environmental, saw three fire engines called to fight a fire in two large stacks of paper.

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service said it used a mechanical digger drag out the waste and spread the flames, which were then extinguished with water jets in around two hours.

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