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Large fire at Viridor plant

An investigation is underway into a large fire at Viridor’s thermal recovery facility in Bolton which destroyed part of the complex.

The alarm was raised by Viridor staff on the Raikes Lane Industrial Estate at 4.30pm on Sunday, 17 September, prompting the arrival of 10 fire engines and two aerial appliances.

A large plume of smoke crossed the town centre.

Viridor fire Bolton Sept 2017

Viridor fire Bolton Sept 2017

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said flames covered an area measuring 20m x 50m spread across three stories within the building, requiring the use of five jets to tackle the blaze.

John Crawley, incident commander at the scene, said: “A significant amount of resources arrived at the incident quickly and were able to bring the fire under control. The actions of our staff tonight allowed us to save a large portion of the surrounding site.”

A Viridor spokesperson said emergency procedures at the plant were implemented and the fire was extinguished two hours later. No one was injured at the facility, which is staffed around the clock.

“The Environment Agency has been notified, the cause of the fire will be investigated and the extent of the damage will be assessed. The fire did not affect the recycling centre at Hurstwood Court,” Viridor added.

The Bolton facility generates power to operate the site and transfers 7MW of electricity to the National Grid.

 Pictures from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service twitter feed


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