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Large blaze causes severe damage to Grantham recycling plant and materials

Environcom blaze, May 17, 2014. Photo: Paul Clark

Environcom blaze, May 17, 2014. Photo: Paul Clark

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service has said that last night’s fire caused extensive damage to Grantham recycling plant Environcom, including machinery and materials.

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.

At its height, 10 fire appliances were tackling the blaze. A spokesman for the company told the Journal that nobody was reported hurt in the blaze and that the fire service had accounted for everybody who was working on site.

The spokesman could not say 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 in the morning.

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

Another witness, Paul Clark, said he was walking past the factory when the fire started and took pictures which he sent to the Journal.

 

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