Huge fire at recycling plant in Dumfries

More than 40 firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze at a recycling plant in Dumfries.

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Seven fire brigades sent to recycling plant fire

Firefighters from across Dumfries and Galloway have been joined by colleagues from South Lanarkshire and Carlisle to battle a blaze at a recycling plant near Dumfries.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent more than 30 firefighters to the incident, which began shortly after 8am, with an additional Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service crew crossing the border to provide additional assistance.

"We received a number of 999 calls from the public reporting thick smoke emanating from the roof of an industrial building on Lockerbie Road.

“Operations Control mobilised two appliances from Dumfries and the crews arrived to find a well-developed fire had taken hold of property.

“Members of staff at the site reported there was no-one within the building and the incident commander ordered his firefighters to tackle the flames from outside using main water jets.

“In order to increase personnel and resources at the scene, crews from Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright were dispatched along-with an aerial rescue pump from Hamilton in South Lanarkshire.

“Our colleagues in Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service also provided an appliance, crew and station manager from across the border in Carlisle and we would like to thank them for their assistance.

“The fire has now been surrounded and ground monitors are in place as crews continue operations, which are likely to be on-going for some time.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Huge fire at recycling plant in Dumfries

The fire began shortly before 8am Credit: ITV News Border

More than 30 firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze at a recycling plant in Dumfries.

The fire at Scotgen, based at Lockerbie road, began shortly before 8am when the rear left-hand-side of the building caught fire.

Firefighters used pump ladders to try and control the blaze Credit: ITV News Border

Eight fire engines were called to the scene along with police and a fire investigation crew on what is thought to be one of the hottest days of the year.

Firefighters have been using pump ladders to reach the top of the building to try and prevent the fire from spreading to the front of the building.

Police and fire officers at the scene Credit: ITV News Border

Inspector Claire Walker from Police Scotland said:

"There is no danger to the public at this time. The fire service is currently dealing with the blaze and it appears it is household waste which is burning. There's nothing to suggest that the fre is suspicious at this time."

Smoke could be seen from miles away Credit: ITV News Border

The billowing smoke could be seen for miles around Dumfries.

Smoke billowing from the plant Credit: ITV News Border

Fire in Dumfries

A huge fire has broken out at Scotgen Waste Recycling plant on Lockerbie Road in Dumfries. Three fire engines are at the scene as firefighters try to tackle it. The fire is thought to have started shortly before 8am.

Scotgen Waste Recycling
Scotgen Waste Recycling
Scotgen Waste Recycling