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Large fire at Scunthorpe recycling plant

6 May 2014

A large incident is ongoing this evening at a plastics recycling plant on Winterton Road in Scunthorpe.

Large fire at Scunthorpe recycling plant

Six appliances are at the scene following a call at 18.04 this evening. The fire has now been contained within the building of origin, but Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is advising residents in the immediate area and to the North East of Scunthorpe (Dragonby and Winterton) to remain indoors with windows closed, as there is a possibility of the smoke causing breathing difficulties.

Dr. Chris Jewell, Environmental Public Health Scientist from Public Health England has given the following guidance:

“Smoke from any source may contain substances that can irritate the lining of the air passages, eyes and the skin. Respiratory symptoms can include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions may be particularly susceptible to the smoke and should carry and use their medication (such as their inhalers) as usual. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.

Smoke is an irritant so it can make people’s eyes and throat sore. It may also worsen any breathing or heart conditions they have. The general advice remains that people should do all they can to stay out of the smoke. If residents are affected by smoke they should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed. Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.”

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