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Arson attacks under the spotlight

The work of a new team of forensic scientists in the south east could help uncover whether a fire has been started deliberately. The University of Kent at Canterbury has set up a fire investigation unit to examine suspicious substsances and liquids found at the scene of a blaze. Tom Savvides talks to Emma Wilson from the company Prometheus and Bob Green from the University of Kent


Waste centre fire still burning after five weeks

There's a fire in the Thames Valley that's been burning for over a month and it still isn't out.

Firefighters were called to the Averies Recycling Centre in Swindon on the 21st of July - nearly five weeks ago, now.

Nearly two weeks later, the council told the plant to remove 3 thousand tonnes of waste to let crews get closer to the source of the fire.

A fortnight later, Averies was served an enforcement notice as it had failed to take any of it away.

The Environment Agency took over the clean-up operation a few days later.

Well today crews employed a new tactic to try and put the fire out, as Bob Constantine reports.

Crews continue to tackle Swindon waste centre fire

Crews have begun aggressively tackling a fire which has been burning for more than a month at a waste centre in Swindon.

People living near Averies recycling site are being warned to watch out for extra smoke while the work is carried out. A dozen crews are using thousands of litres of water a minute.

ITV News spoke to Ian Jeary from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.

Business counts cost of fire

A local business in Berkshire is counting the cost of a fire that ripped through its premises. 30 ft high flames were seen coming from a car mechanics at Bourne Road in Pangbourne just before 6pm last night. Terrified neighbours were evacuated from their homes and six fire crews were needed to bring it under control. But, as Asana Greenstreet reports, it's the owners who are left picking up the pieces.

Some of the viewer's footage seen in the report is courtesy of Dave & Hayley Bowen.

Large fire destroys car workshop in Pangbourne

Fire crews were called to Bourne Road in Pangbourne Credit: ITV Meridian

A car workshop has been completely destroyed by a large fire in Pangbourne. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue were called to the garage on Bourne Road just before 6pm last night.

Six crews attended the fire from Caversham Road, Dee Road, Wokingham Road, Whitley Wood, Wokingham, and Goring stations.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze.

Plumes of smoke over Bourne Road in Pangbourne Credit: ITV Meridian


Fire crews called to blaze at landfill site

Hampshire and Dorset Fire and Rescue Services were called to a fire on the Blue Haze landfill site near Ringwood early this morning.

The fire involved an area of non-hazardous waste approximately two acres in size and around 35 firefighters have worked to contain the fire and bring it under control. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

A spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said that smoke may be visible in the local area but it is not believed to present any threat to health. However, he said members of the public should be aware of the possible effects of smoke.

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