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Recycled paper firm hit by fire

saica paper fire

Firefighters remained at the scene on the morning of 30 May to battle a fire at recycled paper firm Saica in Partington, Greater Manchester, involving a 10m-high stack of paper.

Crews are being assisted with two fire engines and a high-volume pump. They are expected to remain there all day, after working through the night to get the blaze under control.

The fire took hold in the paper handling yard on Manchester Road on 29 May. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue were called at approximately 3.45pm.

Eight fire engines from across Greater Manchester and Cheshire were called to the incident, and a high-volume pump, a hose layer and an aerial appliance plus jets and ground monitors were used.

Station manager Carl Haslam tweeted some photos of the paper stack being hosed, saying: “Another day, another job, at Saica Paper. Good attack made and HVP [high volume pump] put into play again.”

A statement from Saica read: “We are still investigating the exact cause of the fire, but it was instantly spotted by thermal imaging cameras which constantly scan the paper yard looking for areas of unusual heat.

“The safety protocols saw the immediate deployment of the on-site Saica response team, who tackled the blaze using specialist fire-fighting equipment. The team alerted the fire service who were on the site within minutes.

“The blaze was swiftly contained and fire service personnel remained on-site for a number of hours to ensure no further fires could break out.

“No injury to personnel or damage to property was sustained as a result of the fire, but a small amount of recovered paper was damaged. An investigation into the cause is being carried out.”

Fire crews told residents to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution and warned that they may see and smell smoke. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

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