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Major fire at hazardous waste plant

Firefighters are containing a major fire at a hazardous waste plant on Merseyside which broke out early on Sunday morning.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said that half the main building was on fire and beginning to collapse when crews arrived at Remondis’ facility on Carr Lane, Prescot.

At the height of the fire, crews used 12 pumps and a combined platform ladder to tackle the 100m x 100m blaze, with up to 80 firefighters at the scene.

Nearby residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed to protect themselves from a huge plume of smoke.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus divided the affected area into sectors and used main jets to control the blaze.

At 4pm on Sunday, the plume of smoke had “significantly reduced in size and density” due to firefighters making “good progress”, and the service said it was safe for residents to open windows.

But the road to the site remained closed to traffic on Monday morning, with crews damping down the site.

The service said: “After a scaling down of firefighting activity thanks to good progress throughout the day yesterday, firefighters have been containing the fire and dealing with isolated pockets throughout the night.”

It said the site holds an environmental permit for the treatment, storage, transfer and disposal of hazardous waste.

The Environment Agency (EA) and other partners have been providing advice and guidance to the service since the fire broke to ensure the risk to people and the environment is minimised.

A Remondis spokesperson said the company’s security guard on-site followed all safety protocols, and the emergency services and senior management were alerted and attended site.

It said: “Remondis UK would like to thank all those involved and is now working closely with the emergency services, the local authority and the EA to manage and minimise the impact to the local area.

“Together, all parties are working to determine the cause of the fire and, while the investigation is ongoing, it is not possible to provide any further information at this time.”

There were no injuries.

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