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Major fire at Wellingborough Industrial Estate likely to continue for several days

The fire at the Leyland Industrial Estate. Photo: Northants Police RPU

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to deal with a major fire at a recycling plant at Leyland Trading Estate, Wellingborough.

More than sixty firefighters spent much of the day yesterday dealing with the blaze.

People are being advised the fire could continue for several days.

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson said: “A major fire has occurred at Leyland Trading Estate, Wellingborough. Although there is no imminent risk to life, we expect this fire to continue for a number of days and to produce significant amounts of smoke. Current advice suggests that there are limited risks to health and we will continue to monitor air quality and update the community as required."

A Public Health England spokesman gave the following advice: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.

“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.”

“So far, there have been no reports of any people experiencing ill effects from this fire. The Fire and Rescue Service is on site dealing with the fire and the other agencies involved will continue to monitor the situation and issue advice to the public, businesses and organisations affected as necessary.

“Because smoke consists of a mixture of gases, liquid droplets and solid particles representing the decomposition and combustion products from fires, we can issue the following general advice in relation to smoke from fires.