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Major blaze at recycling centre in Oxfordshire is now under control

The fire at a recycling centre in Oxfordshire is now out. The blaze broke out Grundon Waste Management Ltd at Ewelme near Benson. Oxfordshire's county fire service spent all night tackling the fire which is now under control.

Flames took hold in an area dealing with chemical waste, but the fire service says there are no issues with contamination and the risk from the smoke was low. Crews from across the county and neighbouring Buckinghamshire took part in the operation to contain the blaze.

Thames Valley Police, the Environment Agency, Oxfordshire's emergency planning team, South Oxfordshire District Council, Grundons, Thames Water Police, Thames Water, the National Chemicals Emergency Centre and representatives from the voluntary sector were all involved too.


Smoke billows from fire at recycling centre in Oxfordshire

Fire crews from across Oxfordshire have been fighting a fire a Grundon Waste Management Ltd, Ewelme this evening.

Ten fire engines supported by a water carrier, incident support unit, rescue tender and aerial appliance are currently on the site.

The fire is in the vicinity of an area dedicated to hazardous chemical waste. The fire and rescue service is advising anyone living in the immediate vicinity to stay indoors and keep their windows closed as a precuation.

Update: Driver killed in lorry crash

Driver was killed on The Sands near Benson Credit: ITV Meridian

The driver killed in a collision with a lorry in Oxfordshire yesterday has been named locally as 86-year-old Geoffrey Catliff form Wallingford.

Mr Catliff died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford following the crash on the B4009 between Braze Lane and Cottesmore Lane.

The HGV was treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries.