Welcome news for the people of Littleport – the fire at the tyres recycling plant on their doorstep has finally been put out – exactly seven weeks after it began.
Firefighters have extinguished the fire at Murfitts recycling plant where more than 2,000 tonnes of tyres and shredded rubber products caught light on August 21.
Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “This has been an extremely challenging incident for us and I would like to thank the people of Littleport for their patience.
“I fully appreciate conditions have not been very pleasant for local people working and living in the area and I am pleased to be able to give the news the fire is now out.”
He said fire crews worked closely with the Environment Agency, Health Protection Agency, East Cambridgeshire District Council, police and the Health and Safety Executive to tackle the fire in the quickest and safest way for everyone.
He added: “There has not been an incident of this nature and size in the country before.”
Mr Stagg said the clean-up stage “may take some time” as large quantities of contaminated ash, water and material need to be transported off the site.
Denna Bowman, Head Office