Firefighters tackle 35-tonne waste blaze

Firefighters have extinguished two separate fires involving 35-tonnes of waste at a recycling plant in Stoke-on-Trent.

Just after 2am on Saturday (4 February), we received reports that an industrial building containing waste was well-alight in Burslem.

We sent crews from Sandyford, Hanley and Cannock to the scene – equipped with breathing apparatus and hose reel jets - to tackle the blaze.

By 5.50am, the fire had been brought under control without causing any injuries to anyone in the area.

It was estimated that around 35-tonnes of domestic waste was inside the building – although not all of it was alight at the time.

Then, at 8.15am, crews began tackling a second fire involving a waste bay. It was quickly extinguished and crews remained at the scene to check if any hotspots were left.

The cause is currently being treated as unexplained while inquiries continue.

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