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Environcom chief says limited damage and no casualties after fire at Grantham plant

Environcom fire, Saturday May 17.

Environcom fire, Saturday May 17.

Grantham recycling company Environcom has released a statement following the fire at its plant in Spittlegate Level last night.

Sean Feeney, CEO of Environcom, said this morning: “There was a fire at the Grantham Environcom site last night, which was contained quickly thanks to the Lincolnshire Fire Brigade. Having assessed the situation this morning I can confirm there are no casualties and limited damage to plant and machinery. Further to a meeting with the Fire Brigade this morning, Environcom will be operating business as usual next week. I can also reassure local Grantham residents that there is no environmental concern.”

Two fire appliances remained overnight damping down the site on Spittlegate Level following the fire which started about 8pm. The fire service says the whole plant has suffered smoke damage while part of the plant and its machinery have been destroyed.

At its height, 10 fire appliances were tackling the blaze.

An Environcom spokesman said earlier he could not specify how much damage had been caused as staff were not being allowed back on to the site, but he believed some staff would be returning to the site on Sunday morning.

Police had closed Spittlegate Level from the junction with Gorse Lane and later reopened it after midnight.

The fire started soon after 8pm and sent a large plume of thick black smoke across the town.

One Environmcom worker, who was not on shift at the time, said near the scene: “There were no big explosions so that’s a good sign.”

A former worker said he no longer worked at Environcom but had been at the former premises in Houghton Road, Grantham, which had been totally devastated by a fire in 2007.

 

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