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Three large fires hit industry this week

The recycling industry’s fire-prone record continued this week with large blazes in Ellesmere Port, Salford and Shipley.

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service deployed six fire engines and 50 firefighters who spent a night battling a fire at JWS Waste and Recycling in Salford (pictured), which at its height covered an area of approximately 100m x 50m.

Nearby residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed as a large plume of smoke rose above the site.

The situation was under control by the morning of 14 August although crews remained to extinguish the blaze.

Fire service group manager Tony Bryan said: “Crews have done a fantastic job in containing the fire, and we are working closely with partner agencies to ensure that the fire is under control and are ensuring that there is no further fire spread.

“There are large quantities of smoke intthe area due to several hundred tonnes of waste involved with the fire. I must remind everyone in the local area to close windows and doors to protect themselves from exposure to smoke.

JWS Waste managing director Robin Tweedale said: “Due to the immediate response of the fire service and our staff, the fire has been contained to a specific area on-site.

”JWS Waste have focused on minimising any disruption to our customers by implementing our contingency plans, and have subsequently maintained collection services and remain operational throughout.

“A thorough investigation into the cause of the blaze has already commenced. We are reassured that our rigorous health and safety processes and procedures were implemented successfully.”

Recresco’s plant at Ellesmere Port saw nine fire engines, an aerial platform and a police helicopter arriving at the scene after smoke was seen emerging from a paper shed measuring 45m x 25m x 19m, Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service said.

Firefighters later found some 600-700 tonnes of paper and plastic on fire in two separate warehouses. No-one was thought to have been injured.

Firefighters were able to use water from the nearby Manchester Ship Canal.

The service said it was likely to take several days to fully extinguish the fire. Environmental testing of the smoke plume, which headed over the canal to the south-west, showed its contents posed a very low risk to the public.

Recresco declined to comment.

AWM’s plant in Shipley was hit by a fire that needed 15 appliances to bring under control. The company has been contacted for comment.

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