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Councillors in Swindon have voted to hold a public inquiry into a fire at a recycling plant which had been burning for two months. The fire began at Averies Recycling in Marshgate in July. It was only put out on Monday after 3000 tonnes of waste were removed to give firefighters better access.
A fire in Swindon that has been burning for eight weeks has been put out.
The fire at the Averies Recycling Centre in Marshgate, Swindon, has been fully extinguished following the successful implementation of a multi-agency plan.
Fire crews and the Environment Agency, who have maintained a 24-hour presence at the site since the 21 July, will leave tomorrow. Businesses and residents will be thanked for their cooperation. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation.
Councillors in Swindon are calling for an inquiry into a fire at a waste plant in the town.
The fire at the Averies site has been burning for two months and it's still not known when it will be completely extinguished. Councillor Mark Dempsey said it was crucial to get answers and find out how the site got into the state it did.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue say they can't predict how long they'll be tackling the fire still burning at Averies Recycling Centre in Swindon.
A spokesman has thanked local residents for their ongoing cooperation. The fire has been burning since July. Fire crews say they have made 'significant progress' in tackling the fire since the removal of thousands of tonnes of waste from the site.
Fire crews tackling a blaze that's been smouldering for more than five weeks have today adopted what they call "more aggressive tactics" in an effort to put it out.
They've finally been able to get close to the source of the fire in a huge pile of rubbish at a recycling centre in Swindon.
But they warn the clouds of smoke which have been blighting the area could continue for weeks.
Bob Constantine reports:
Firefighters in Swindon will tomorrow dump thousands of litres of water on a fire at a recycling centre in Swindon.
The fire at the Averies site has been burning for more than a month. Thousands of tonnes of waste has been removed from the centre, allowing Wiltshire fire crews to better tackle the blaze.
Residents and local businesses are being told that the work will almost certainly result in more smoke, similar to those experienced in the early days of the fire.
Thousands of tonnes of unburnt waste is being removed from a recycling plant in Swindon that has now been burning for more than four weeks. It's hoped this will give crews space to tackle the fire at Averies in Marshgate more aggressively. The Environment Agency took control of the site after the owners failed to comply with orders to deal with the material.
Tonnes of unburnt waste have started to be moved from the Averies Recycling site in Marshgate, Swindon after the owner failed to comply with orders to remove it.
Environment Agency contractors have begun removing up to 3,000 tonnes of the non-hazardous waste which will create the necessary space for Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service to tackle the blaze more aggressively.
The waste is being moved by Hills Waste Solutions and comprises mainly non-recyclable, commercial material. It is being checked and damped down as a precaution before it leaves Marshgate and goes on to be transported to the permitted landfill site in Chapel Farm, Blunsdon.
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Rubbish from the smouldering Averies recycling yard in Swindon is being removed to another site to allow fire fighters to fight the blaze