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Scunthorpe fire response enters final phase

8 May 2014

Crews from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) are still in attendance at the plastic recycling centre fire on Winterton Road in Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe fire response enters final phase

It is nearly 48 hours since the first emergency call was received and crews remain there dampening down the fire. At its height, over 40 firefighters and six engines and aerial appliances were tackling the fire which was soon contained within the building of origin.

The operation is now in its final phase, but the quantity and type of materials involved has meant that it has been a slow and patient process which has had to take into account the effect on the immediate environment.

Pictured is the scene on Tuesday evening as the fire took hold.

Crews continue to fight the fire in three hours spells and are in constant discussion with the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water over the amount of water used to tackle the fire and to minimise any potential impact on nearby water courses and drains.

This final phase will take between 18 and 24 hours according to Group Manager Paul McCourt who has overseen the HFRS response since Tuesday evening.

There continue to be some issues with smoke in the immediate vicinity and residents are reminded to keep all windows and doors closed to minimise the risk of any breathing difficulties.

Winterton Road, Scunthorpe has now been re-opened to all traffic, although Warren Road remains closed due to ongoing firefighting taking place from that side of the recycling plant.

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