Huge blaze engulfs 300 tonnes of rubbish at waste recycling centre


A huge fire engulfed 300 tonnes of waste at a recycling centre in Wiltshire overnight.

Fire crews were called to to Grist Environmental Ltd Recycling Centre, Monument Hill, Stert, near Devizes, at 11.10pm yesterday.

Devizes Fire Station posted a picture of the night sky lit up with orange flames as the blaze ripped through huge piles of rubbish at the site.

Picture posted by Devizes Fire Station
For the second night running we are working through the night dealing with a large fire at a recycling centre in #Stert , #Devizes . There will be a number of resources on scene for the duration of the night and into tomorrow. Local residents are advised to keep windows closed due to the volume of smoke in the area. Crews from Calne Fire Station Pewsey Fire Station Royal Wootton Bassett Fire Station and Trowbridge Fire Station

Devizes Fire Station posted a picture of the blaze on social media

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service said crews were still at the scene this morning but the fire was now under control.

They said: "Three fire crews were mobilised to the scene, two from Devizes and one from Calne along with the Command Support Unit from Swindon and two water carriers from Pewsey and Royal Wootton Bassett.


"On arrival, the first crews in attendance found some 200-300 tonnes of residual waste well alight and used two main jets to prevent escalation of the fire.

"On site staff assisted using loading shovel machinery to create fire breaks in the pile of waste, working with firefighters to help contain the blaze.

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"As of 6am today (18 November) the incident has been scaled back to one fire engine and one water carrier and we will remain on scene for a number of days to provide a watching brief."

Devizes Fire Station later shared an update on Facebook that a "number of resources" are still at the scene this morning.

The fire service has warned people living nearby to close their windows to keep smoke out their homes.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.


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