Succession of waste site fires continues across the country

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Waste site in Huddersfield the latest to suffer a blaze

During a week that has seen a number of blazes at waste sites throughout the country, a site in Huddersfield is the latest in the sector to have been hit by a fire at their site.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service attended the fire at Hunters waste site, on Queens Mill Road, at 17:46 on Thursday, August 18, after receiving reports that a fire involving non-hazardous, mixed household waste had started at the site.

Crews tackled the fire throughout the evening and monitored it the day after and believe that the fire could last for a few days.

Officers from the Environment Agency attended the site and a number of residents who live close to the site had to be evacuated from their homes on Thursday evening as a result of the fire.

The fire at Huddersfield is the latest to hit the waste sector over the last week. There was a massive fire at a waste transfer facility in West Dereham, Norfolk, which is run by Glazewing. It started on Saturday, August 13 and carried on for a few days.

Following this, was a fire at a waste transfer station in Dewsbury on Sunday, August 14, in which a single storey building was on fire, damaging around 40% of the building.

Also, on Wednesday evening, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, attended MVV’s Energy from Waste plant, on Creek Road in Plymouth, after members of staff raised the alarm after noticing a build-up of smoke at the site. Crews arrived at the site around 22:00 and discovered a fire in the waste bunker.

And, at the beginning of August, there were reports of a fire at Environcom’s Stourbridge WEEE processing site and at sites in Hampshire and Cornwall.

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