Huge fire rips through waste depot in Weymouth destroying bin lorries

A number of bin lorries were destroyed Credit: Dorset and Wilts Fire and Rescue

Bin collections have been cancelled after a huge fire at a waste depot in Weymouth.

The blaze broke out yesterday afternoon (15/11) at the Crookhill depot in Chickerell Road. At its peak, more than 90 firefighters were on site as flames engulfed the bin lorries on site.

  • Report by ITV News Meridian's Richard Slee:

Fire crews are continuing to dampen down at the scene of a major fire in Weymouth in Dorset.

Night relief teams were sent to replace emergency service members who had been monitoring the situation overnight.

The explosion at the waste management centre in Chickerell Road in Chickerell happened shortly after 2pm on Sunday.

Fifteen dustbin lorries were completely destroyed, along with six other vehicles. 

More than 50 999 calls were received.

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Bin collections in the Weymouth, Portland and surrounding areas have not go ahead on Monday (16th) as a result.

The Council said it can use some of the vehicles that weren't damaged in the fire and is "looking to pull in as many spare vehicles as possible".

  • Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council, Con

Plumes of black smoke were seen across the Weymouth area and a number of explosions were heard.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said: "Approximately 90 firefighters have been on site tackling the blaze, which has affected multiple refuse lorries and ancillary vehicles, although adjacent buildings have been saved."

The cost of the fire is estimated to be about three million pounds, and the loss of these vehicles is having an effect on rubbish collections in the area. 

However, plans are already underway to resume the service. 

  • Richard Coleman- Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service:

While it’s too early to determine the cause of the fire at our Crookhill depot, we do know that waste collection services in the surrounding Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland areas will be suspended from Monday.

Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Services and Communities

On behalf of Dorset Council, which owns the depot, Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Services and Communities, said: "We have already begun planning how we can deliver these services and will make an announcement as soon as we know what’s happening."

Local residents in Chickerell were asked to keep their windows and doors closed until the fire had been put out.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, and residents are being told it may take a little longer to collect their rubbish over the next few weeks.