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500 Tonnes of Plastic Ablaze at Worksop Recycling Plant

A huge fire on an industrial estate in Worksop has sent a tower of smoke across the north of the county.

Nottingham Fire and Rescue said they were called to an address on Sandy Lane, Worksop, at 2.44pm on Tuesday (July 18), where 500 tons of plastic was ablaze.

Around fifty fire fighters attended the scene, eight fire engines and three specialist vehicles and one command unit. Fire crews from Derbyshire and Yorkshire were also part of the operation.

Although the heart of the fire was under control by late afternoon, crews were still onsite on Wednesday morning.

The nearby A60 was closed during the incident, and there were queues tailing back on the A57/High Grounds Road. Sandy Lane is still closed between the A57 roundabout and the football ground.

Station Manager Martin Bills said: “The fire involves a large amount of rubber, hence the thick black smoke that people can see for several miles around. Fortunately the fire is outside of the factory, which makes it easier for us to access, and our crews are working hard to contain it and stop it from spreading.

“We are working closely with our colleagues from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire fire and rescue services, Nottinghamshire Police, the Environment Agency and Public Health England, not only to fight the fire, but to keep people informed and safe.

There have been a number of tweets and photographs from people living nearby who are still being asked to keep windows and doors closed due to health concerns.

A spokesman from Public Health England East Midlands has said: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.”

An investigation into the Cause of the fire is expected to start once the incident is declared over.

Original source: Notts Tv

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