A ‘large fire’ at a recycling plant in Kent, run by a subsidiary of FCC Environment, has been tackled.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service sent seven fire engines to the facility at Allington, near Maidstone, on 3 October.
The fire, extinguished that evening, was in the company’s dirty ferrous bunker which contained various metals.
Crews wearing breathing apparatus traced the source to a smoke-logged three-storey building.
They used main jets and thermal imaging cameras to tackle what the service described as a “large blaze”, although FCC said it was only “the size of a beach ball”.
Extractor fans on-site helped to clear the smoke. All personnel were safely evacuated before the arrival of the fire service and nobody was injured.
An FCC spokesperson told MRW the blaze appeared to have been caused by something igniting when it was crushed as it was lifted out of the bunker.
“Although we can’t be certain, it appears to have been a firework or flare. At its most intense, the fire was approximately the size of a beach ball.
“The facility continued to operate during the incident, and it is not expected to have an effect on the ongoing operation.”
The site is operated by Kent Enviropower, a subsidiary of FCC, and includes a waste transfer station and energy-from-waste plant.