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New year starts with two waste fires

The new year has started with waste fires in Cambridgeshire and Derbyshire, continuing the industry’s poor record.

Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service is continuing to inspect a fire that started on New Year’s Eve at Envar Composting, near St Ives (pictured).

A spokesman said: “We were initially called to the fire on 31 December at around 6pm. We’ve been regularly inspecting the site since then and have been working with the on-site staff. So far, we have inspected the site either once or twice a day with a single fire crew and an officer at regular intervals.

“The fire involves between 2,000 and 3,000 tonnes of composting waste, which is being broken up with machinery, surrounded by water and allowed to burn out under supervision. Although we cannot determine an exact cause, it is being treated as an accidental fire as there is nothing to suggest it was started deliberately.”

No one was available for comment at Envar.

At the height of the blaze, local residents were advised to keep their doors and windows closed to reduce any impact from smoke, and a road was closed.

Meanwhile, three Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service crews have fought a blaze at an unnamed waste recycling plant at Markham Vale. Three people were taken to hospital, but the incident was over in two and a quarter hours.

Picture: Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service


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