Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Waste Plant Blaze Ends - a Month after It Began

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Waste Plant Blaze Ends - a Month after It Began

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Byline: KALI LINDSAY Reporter kali.lindsay@reachplc.com @KALIALINDSAY

ABLAZE at a former recycling plant in Sunderland is finally out - nearly a month after it started. Firefighters have been battling 30,000 tonnes of refuse at the disused Alex Smiles plant in the Deptford area since May 14.

At its height, 54 firefighters and 10 fire engines from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) were on scene tackling the fire.

The firefighting moved from containment to the removal of material and dampening down two weeks ago, with the fire service now confirming the blaze is out.

Alan Robson, assistant chief fire officer for community safety at TWFRS, said: "This has been a significant incident to deal with and I would like to praise our fire crews for bringing the incident to a successful conclusion. I would also like to thank the public for their patience whilst we resolved this incident.

"Incidents such as this present particular challenges to the fire and rescue service and partners alike and are often protracted incidents."

More than 7,000 tonnes of waste have been removed from the main warehouse since machinery started to remove the material from the buildings to allow more firefighting 15 days ago.

This involved identifying and removing any remaining hot and smouldering material from inside the building before cooling it and making it safe.

Contractors have also been able to get machinery inside the main building, allowing them to access piles of smouldering waste which were previously out of reach.

Working under guidance from the fire service, contractors were able to get machinery inside the main building, allowing them to access piles of smouldering waste which were previously out of reach.

Sunderland City Council, the Environment Agency and Public Health England were involved in the incident. …

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