UPDATE: Roads reopen after ‘fierce fire’ at Ancaster recycling plant - dramatic new photos of the battle by firefighters

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Roads are open again this morning (Friday) while fire crews continue to damp down at the scene of a major fire at Mid UK Recycling near Ancaster.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have confirmed that they have now brought the fire at the Mid UK Recycling plant on the High Dike, near Ancaster under control, and were damping down pockets of fire.

A fire service spokeswoman said the incident had now been scaled back to three appliances on the scene.

Having burned for over three days, steady progress had been made and burnt bales of waste had been removed to create ‘fire breaks’.

The service received a call just before 2am on Tuesday morning, July 7, and deployed 12 appliances, including two from Sleaford and Grantham, and one each from Waddington, Metheringham, Billinghay, Billingborough, Corby Glen, Donnington. Water carriers were also present from Holbeach and Brant Broughton.

The blaze involves an estimated 4,000 bales of mixed household refuse and shredded carpets set to be turned into fuel.

Photo of the fire at Ancaster, courtesy of firefighter Chris Smith.

Photo of the fire at Ancaster, courtesy of firefighter Chris Smith.

In a statement from the company, Sue Armstrong, Group Human Resources Director said: “Mid UK Recycling sincerely apologise to the local residents, for the disruption caused by the fire which started in the early hours of Tuesday July 7 at our Copper Hill Industrial Estate site, near Ancaster.

“We are working closely with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Lincolnshire Police to ensure the disruption is kept to a minimum.

“No-one was injured in the fire. The material on fire is a solid recovered fuel, a high quality alternative to fossil fuels, produced from commercial waste including paper, cardboard, wood, textiles and plastic.

“The fire service were monitoring the plume of smoke from the site and assessed this as a low risk, but local residents were asked to keep their windows and doors closed as a precaution.

Lincoln's aerial platform at work on the fire at Barkston Heath, near Ancaster, taken by North Hykeham Watch Manager Karl Turrill. EMN-151007-090924001

Lincoln's aerial platform at work on the fire at Barkston Heath, near Ancaster, taken by North Hykeham Watch Manager Karl Turrill. EMN-151007-090924001

“Mid UK Recycling would like to thank the multi-agency response from the emergency services and the environment agency. Through their actions the damage to the buildings has been limited.”

She added: “An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire and Mid UK Recycling are assisting fully with this investigation.”

The fire was in an area approximately 100 metres squared and firefighters worked through the nights to cool the adjacent buildings. They have been working with police and the Highways Agency, with roads closed in the surrounding area, but they have all now been reopened.

Stuart Ruff, area manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said on Tuesday: “This is a reasonably large incident and all agencies have worked tremendously hard since the early hours of this morning.

Ash sent us these dramatic photos of the fire near Ancaster

Ash sent us these dramatic photos of the fire near Ancaster

“It was initially a very fierce fire but as we took immediate action we were able to bring it under control.

“We will now continue to extinguish the small pockets of fire that continue, and relief crews have taken over from firefighters that were here at 2am.

“There remains a plume of smoke which is constantly being monitored. We have assessed this as being a low risk, but we do advise all local residents to keep their windows and doors shut until further notice.

“The cause of the fire is not yet known and is under investigation.”

Karl Turrill, Watch Manager for North Hykeham fire station and DCM at Lincoln South fire station and Phil;lip Grimes from Lincoln South crew have been tweeting out pictures of the battle to bring the fire under control, as has Lincoln South firefighter Phillip Grimes. Some of the images are pictured here.

An early start for the Lincoln South crew at the fire near Ancaster. Photo: Phillip Grimes. EMN-151007-092822001

An early start for the Lincoln South crew at the fire near Ancaster. Photo: Phillip Grimes. EMN-151007-092822001

Moving bales away from the fire at Barkston Heath this morning. Photo: Phillip Grimes EMN-151007-092832001

Moving bales away from the fire at Barkston Heath this morning. Photo: Phillip Grimes EMN-151007-092832001

The blaze at Mid UK Recycling in Barkston Heath. Photo: Phillip Grimes EMN-151007-092842001

The blaze at Mid UK Recycling in Barkston Heath. Photo: Phillip Grimes EMN-151007-092842001

A hellish scene as the aerial platform sprays the blazing bales at Barkston Heath. Photo: Phillip Grimes EMN-151007-092811001

A hellish scene as the aerial platform sprays the blazing bales at Barkston Heath. Photo: Phillip Grimes EMN-151007-092811001