Fire crews work to project gas cylinders near site of Swindon blaze

Fire crews are dealing with blaze at recycling centre

Fire crews are dealing with blaze at recycling centre

First published in North Wilts news
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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Brendan McFadden
Wilts and Glos Standard by , Reporter

A FIRE which started at a recycling plant in Swindon is still burning.

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service were called out to the blaze at Averies Recycling in Marshgate, 5.51pm yesterday.

  As a result of the fire,  1,000 tonnes of general waste and building waste well alight. A skip lorry and various pieces of machinery have also been affected.

At the height of the blaze, there were six fire engines, two water carriers, an operational support unit and an incident command vehicle in attendance.

Firefighters were supported by military firefighters, with a specialist appliance brought in from RAF Brize Norton to assist.

The amount of firefighters in attendance reduced overnight andat 6.30am today, there were four fire crews at the scene.

It is expected that firefighters will need to remain at the site for some days.

The service has been working with Local Resilience Forum partners, including Swindon Borough Council, Public Health England, NHS England and Wiltshire Police, to ensure public safety, and air quality monitoring is expected to take place over the course of the day.

Smoke is still rising from the site and local people have been advised to keep doors and windows closed if they are concerned about the plume, especially if they have a respiratory condition.

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