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Summer ends with fresh bout of recycling fires

The last week of August saw a further increase in the industry’s tally of fires at recycling sites.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service fought a blaze in an 80-tonne pile of household waste at a recycling site near Basingstoke.

Fire was discovered at the Chineham site, which has not been named, late on the night of 29 August in the site’s tipping hall.

Around 50 firefighters used a digger and other equipment to contain the blaze and some remained the next day. The service said no-one had been injured and the fire had no affect on the public.

Last week also saw a scrapyard fire in Bury (pictured), where crews from five stations attended to extinguish the blaze at the premises of JB Auto Spares, where a pile of 15 scrapped vehicles was alight.

Borough commander Jason Rain said: “By splitting the scene into two distinct areas, crews have got on top of the fire. It’s now a matter of managing the scene and, in a steady and systematic manner, extinguishing the flames.”

North Somerset Council had to close its recycling centre in Weston-Super-Mare last week due to a fire.

The Environment Agency has put out a warning to end-of-life vehicle site operators after the unusually hot weather has led to an increase in fires.

Picture: Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service

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