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Thousands of bales destroyed in recycling plant fire

  • 7-11-2015

A large fire at a recycling plant in Lincolnshire involving thousands of bales of household waste is expected to keep burning for several days.

Fire crews were called to the site in Ancaster, near Sleaford, at 02:00 BST, with reports of thick plumes of black smoke visible from several miles away.

No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Nearby residents said warnings had been broadcast by police instructing them to keep doors and windows shut.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire at Mid UK Recycling involved mixed household refuse and shredded carpets.

It is the second fire to hit the firm in the last two years.

'Pollution risk low'

Glynn Yeardley, who lives in Ancaster, said: "Around 05:00 BST my little one woke up and we heard the police on the PA system asking us to close our windows.

"We had the windows open to keep cool and we could smell it quite terribly in the house.

"My wife and child have asthma so we made sure the windows were closed."

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Stuart Ruff said: "We are working very hard with a number of agencies. One of those agencies is responsible for monitoring air pollution.

"An assessment has been done and will continue to be done, in terms of risk. At this moment in time the risk is considered to be low by that agency."

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