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Waterbeach waste plant fire: blaze expected to burn out over several days




A fire has been burning through the night at a household waste and recycling plant in Waterbeach.

Eight crews were called to the blaze on Ely Road, Waterbeach at 12.18am today (Sunday) at the Amey-run site. So far, no injuries have been reported.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service released these images of the blaze at the Waterbeach waste plant (16274495)
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service released these images of the blaze at the Waterbeach waste plant (16274495)

A spokesperson for the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters arrived to find a large, well developed fire involving household rubbish at an industrial waste processing premises. Working with staff on the site they’ve contained the fire and have been damping the area down and allowing it to burn out in a controlled way.

"There will be smoke coming from the scene, which may impact the A10 as well as those living in the local area. Motorists are advised to drive cautiously where they see signage around the area. Residents should keep their doors and windows closed if the smoke is impacting them.”

One fire crew will remain at the scene all day to continue to work with the onsite staff. The fire is expected to be burning for next few days.

Pictrure of the fire by Waterbeach resident (16274544)
Pictrure of the fire by Waterbeach resident (16274544)

Villagers in Waterbeach have been concerned to see large flakes of ash floating from the sky.

A spokesperson for CBWIN, a group campaigning against an incinerator proposed by Amey for a site in Waterbeach, said: “Who knows what people have breathed in as only the bigger ash pieces that have landed are visible, but the harmful fine particulate air pollution that arises from burning of household waste are invisible."

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service released these images of the blaze at the Waterbeach waste plant (16274497)
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service released these images of the blaze at the Waterbeach waste plant (16274497)

An Amey spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a fire was detected ‪overnight‬ in our site’s holding area, which is where newly arrived waste is held. The Fire Brigade and our teams moved quickly to contain the fire. We are we are working closely with the Fire Brigade and Environment Agency to monitor the situation.”



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