VIDEO: Large blaze at Grantham recycling plant sends thick black smoke over town

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Last night’s fire at Grantham recycling plant Environcom sent clouds of thick black smoke over the town, as this Journal video shows.

The blaze caused extensive damage to the plant and recycling materials. The fire service says nobody was hurt in the incident and everybody who was working on site at the time has been accounted for.

Fire, Environcom, Grantham. Photo: Carl Gregory

Fire, Environcom, Grantham. Photo: Carl Gregory

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 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