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Major blazes hit two industry sites

More than 80 firefighters have extinguished a blaze at a Suez waste storage centre at Mitcham, south London, while another fire hit Environcom in Lincolnshire.

London Fire Brigade said 12 appliances were needed at the Suez fire in Benedict Road, and residents were warned to keep windows closed due to “a significant amount of smoke emitting”.

Station manager Chris Line said: “The fire is now under control, but firefighters will remain at the scene throughout the day to continue damping down and turning over remaining pockets of fire.”

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

Merton Council said two schools had to be closed on Monday because of the fire, and there had been disruption to local recycling and refuse collections and to road traffic.

Suez said the fire was in the main general refuse processing building at the site, while the MRF, baling shed and smaller transfer station building had been unaffected. It said the building had contained non-hazardous general household and commercial waste only.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue crews fought blaze at WEEE recycler Environcom’s premises at Grantham (pictured), with eight crews in attendance and 20 tonnes of plastic waste on fire. The fire is now under control.

Environcom chief executive Cris Stephenson told MRW: “It caused very localised damage but there was a lot of black smoke as a conveyor belt went up.

“The fire was in our small domestic appliance area. There was very little collateral damage because we implemented our evacuation plan and had our own fire tender there until the fire brigade arrived.”

He added: “We don’t know the cause yet. A lithium battery may have played a role but that is speculation.”

South Kesteven District Council said its environmental heath officers have been joined by the Environment Agency and emergency planners at the site, and residents had been advised to close doors and windows.

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