By Oliver Hall
Fears are mounting about the potential fire hazard of a tyres mountain which has built up on an industrial site.
The boss of a recycling company is concerned that the abandoned tyres and other waste could cause one of the worst fires in the history of Middlewich.
Gary Cronnolley, managing director of Manga-Fu which has dealings with tyre recycling, told reporters that the waste has been mounting up for around a month.
He said: “Thousands of tyres left unattended with no security is a disaster waiting to happen.
“It’s a public eyesore and an attraction for teenager’s with nothing better to do except play around there.
“Should somebody throw a lit cigerette onto the shredded tyres, chances are they would go up in flames causing one of the worst fires in Middlewich’s history to erupt.
“Black smoke would cover the area for miles and even worse, it would take months to put it out.”
However, the Environment Agency confirmed that the site has a permit to store and treat waste tyres.
Tyre fires are known to cause devastation. More than 2,000 tonnes of rubber recently set alight at a tyre shredding factory in Cambridgeshire and took seven weeks to extinguish.