50 firefighters were deployed to tackle a fire that broke out at a plastics recycling facility in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday (5 February).
The fire broke out at Hanbury Plastic Recycling on Redhills Road, Milton, at 8.21am yesterday morning. The incident involved 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.”
According to local media Staffs Live, Hanbury Plastics Recycling has been operating illegally.
The EA has been quoted as saying: “They have never held an environmental permit and we have issued legal notices to clear the waste plastics from the site.
”We instructed the company to remove the waste which went from a peak of around 10,000 tonnes, to about 1,500 tonnes at the time of the fire.”
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.