Fire crews leave site of recycling plant fire after a week

A view of the diminished fire near Ancaster, taken by Eleanor Wright. EMN-150714-100749001
A view of the diminished fire near Ancaster, taken by Eleanor Wright. EMN-150714-100749001

Fire crews have now left the scene after spending a week putting outr a fire involving 4,000 bales of shredded waste paper and carpet at a recycling plant.

A Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said this morning that operations had been scaled back to just one crew over the weekend minding the fire at Mid UK Recycling on the High Dike south of Ancaster.

At its height last Tuesday morning, the smoke plume could be seen as far away as Spalding and Boston. Last night the decision was taken it was safe to leave the site in the hands of the owners. and staff.

The spokeswoman said: “There are now no fire appliances left on site but we are taking a watching brief and revisiting every couple of hours.

“We have created a number of fire breaks (to stop it spreading) and put out as much of the fire as we can. The rest will burn itself out.

“Mid UK have fire marshalls and security guards on site. If we are needed to go back then we will.”

Smoke is still blowing over the surrounding area and there is still a health warning from Public Health England for nearby residents to keep doors and windows closed and avoid breathing in the smoke.

A Public Health England spokesman added: “Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

“So far, there have no been reports of any people experiencing ill effects from this fire.

“Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111.

“Chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma. People with asthma should carry their inhaler.”