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Sixty firefighters tackle blaze at Sussex recycling plant

The aftermath of the fire this morning Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Firefighters remain at the scene of a large blaze that broke out at a waste recycling centre in Lancing overnight.

The fire is under control and there are no reported injuries.

The first of more than twenty 999 calls to the Rabbit Waste Management building in Chartwell Rd was received at 1:15am

Ten pumps attended through the night Credit: Eddie Mitchell

The fire was in a large building measuring 85m x 35m and containing more than 500 tonnes of wood chippings used for recycling.

The fire was attacked using ground monitors and jets with firefighters working hard to prevent the fire spreading to the rest of the building and plant room.

Credit: Eddie Mitchell

At its height the incident involved 10 fire engines, an Aerial Ladder Platform, two Bulk Water Carriers, and a High Volume Pump unit with West Sussex crews supported by colleagues from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

The smoke from the fire is not believed to be toxic.

The incident has now been scaled down but is expected to be protracted with fire crews at the scene for most of the day.