Multiple fire engines tackle large overnight blaze at recycling centre within Chatham Docks in Kent

Crews have been working to extinguish the fire. Credit: Twitter / @CameraLeon

Firefighters have been tackling a large blaze at a recycling centre within Chatham Docks, in Kent.

Eight fire engines were called to the scene and people living close by have been advised to close windows and doors.

Kent Fire & Rescue Service said: "Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responding to a fire at a recycling centre within Chatham Docks, in Chatham. 

"At the height of the fire overnight, control operators sent eight fire engines, a high-volume pump, a height vehicle, and a technical rescue team to the scene. The number of fire engines has now been scaled down to four. 

"Firefighters have made good progress tackling the blaze involving approximately 300 tonnes of mixed waste. These types of fires can take some time to be fully extinguished, and therefore crews are expected to be in attendance for at least a day. 

"While smoke in the area has reduced, people living nearby are still advised to keep windows and doors closed, as smoke may increase and decrease as crews work at the scene. Please share this information with loved ones in the effected area, who may not have access to the internet."

Medway Council said: "Due to a major fire at Chatham Docks you are advised to avoid travelling in the area this morning. We will keep you updated."

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