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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Recycled plastics fire, Milton

05/02/2017

Firefighters are dealing with a fire at a recycling plant on Redhills Road, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent. The emergency call was received at 8.21am today.

“The roof of the building has collapsed and so no firefighters have been sent inside. Instead we’ve surrounded the fire and are fighting it externally and we’ve used the aerial ladder platform to tackle it from above."

Group Manager Toby Wilson

The incident involves a building approximately 100 metres by 60 metres that contains recycled plastics.

At the height of the incident there has been over 50 firefighters tackling the fire. Vehicles sent to the scene include six fire engines, sent from Hanley, Sandyford, Leek, and Newcastle along with a Control vehicle from Stone, aerial ladder platform from Longton and the high volume pump from Rugeley.

Group Manager Toby Wilson said: “The roof of the building has collapsed and so no firefighters have been sent inside. Instead we’ve surrounded the fire and are fighting it externally and we’ve used the aerial ladder platform to tackle it from above. We’ve required large volumes of water which we are pumping from the canal and we’ve been working closely with The Environment Agency to ensure the environment is protected from any run off water. It’s too early to give a cause at this stage however our fire investigations will continue tomorrow.”

Due to the large plumes of smoke being created by the incident local residents have been advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precautionary measure.

Crew are expected to be at the incident through the night.