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Suspected arson at wood recycling site

A suspected arson involving 500 tonnes of waste wood has been tackled at a recycling site in Somerset.

Three crews of fire-fighters were sent to a blaze at South West Wood Products facility on Ashcott Road, Meare, on 24 February.

Bucket loaders were used to break up the main stack, which measured approximately 20sq m by 10m in height, and create fire breaks.

The main fire was extinguished using a compressed air foam jet, three main attack jets, three large bucket loaders and two water bowsers supplied from site.

A secondary fire involving traffic lights at the site entrance was also tackled using a C02 extinguisher and a fogging unit.

Crews left the site at approximately 3am, but Glastonbury fire service carried out reinspections of the property until 3pm on 25 February.

Glastonbury fire station praised colleagues and the company in helping to tackle the blaze.

On social media it posted: “Down to the company and local fire crews carrying risk visits allowed for the fire plan to work with ease and all staff knowing what to [do].

Glastonbury wood fire 5

Glastonbury wood fire 5

“Great work by the site managers working alongside the fire service with large bucket loaders to break the piles up resulting in a very early stop.”

A Devon and Somerset Fire Service spokesperson told MRW the fire’s cause was being treated as deliberate.

Glastonbury wood fire 8

Glastonbury wood fire 8

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