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Fire at recycling plant in Longridge Road has been contained

Posted on - 27th January, 2019 - 7:15am | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Preston News, Ribbleton
Aerial platforms were used to contain the flames in Longridge Road Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Aerial platforms were used to contain the flames in Longridge Road Pic: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a fire at a recycling plant in Preston.

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More than 100 firefighters were at the scene in Longridge Road from just after 1am on Sunday (27 January).

The fire is between Grimsargh and Ribbleton at the Recycling Lives plant.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service responded to reports of around 100 cars being alight at the recycling centre.

Footage from the fire service shows the smouldering wreckage of the cars.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “The firefighting response has contained and reduced the scale of the fire significantly and firefighters are working steadily to bring the incident to a stop.

“Site contractors have assisted with the use of mechanical diggers to create fire breaks. Water used to extinguish the fire has been contained on site, preventing pollution of water courses and surface water drainage.

“The smoke plume is much less than it was but residents living nearby are advised to keep windows closed and with some disruption to local traffic due to the movement of fire engines and hoses laid in the road, we ask that people stay away from the site until the incident is over.

“There have been no casualties and the cause of the fire is to be established.”

Read more: Aerial pictures show scale of Frank Street fire

As of 5.45am around four fire crews remained on the scene.

Crews from Preston, Penwortham, Bamber Bridge, Fulwood, Chorley, Leyland, Hyndburn, Blackburn, Darwen and Burnley were deployed to the fire.

Preston Police closed off Longridge Road while the fire was tackled, but it has now reopened.

A spokesman for Recycling Lives said: “At around 1am on Sunday security teams detected a fire at our Recycling Park on Longridge Road in Preston. Emergency services were called and thanks to the work of fire crews, along with a number of our own team who quickly attended site, it was extinguished by 4am.

“Thanks to our first-rate environmental and safety processes and training no-one was injured and damage was able to be easily contained.

“We are now conducting a thorough investigation and are pleased to be able to safely restart operations as normal tomorrow.

“We are extremely grateful to the fire service and our team members whose work and efforts were exceptional.”

In April 2015 a major fire ripped through the Recycling Lives complex at Longridge Road.

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