Probe into third major blaze at recycle centre

Scene at the recycling plant fire on Jameson Road, Fleetwood.
Scene at the recycling plant fire on Jameson Road, Fleetwood.

Investigations into the third devastating fire at a warehouse in Fleetwood have begun.

More than 40 firefighters were called to tackle the huge inferno at Wyre Waste on Jameson Road, Fleetwood, on Sunday November 27.

As palls of toxic smoke was wafted across Fleetwood and Over Wyre, residents were warned to keep their windows closed.

Eight crews from Blackpool, Fleetwood, Bispham, Blackburn and a special high volume water pump from Burnley were drafted in to tackle the inferno.

As the blaze got under way, fire chiefs feared the fire at the warehouse, which is used to store household waste, could burn for up to five days.

It is the third blaze at the site which was left derelict by a suspected arson attack in December 2009 and a second blaze in April 2010.

Watch manager Ian Alder said officers could not enter the building for safety reasons, as it was an aluminium shed which could collapse at any time.

He said: “Our main concern was the amount of plastic burning inside the building which was causing a lot of toxic smoke to drift Over Wyre.

“We advised people in the area to close all doors and windows, especially people with conditions such as asthma.

“When we arrived we assessed the situation and really had two choices, to allow the fire to burn out naturally or put it out.

“The problem we have is the structure is not safe for us to enter it.

“The building is basically an aluminium shed which is now twisted and burnt and the roof could collapse at any point.

“The building is now more or less destroyed.”

Four engines were left on site overnight to monitor the situation.

Watch manager Alder added: “It could take up to five days to extinguish this blaze completely.

“There have been two previous fires at the site in recent years.

“I think it took three days to burn on one occasion and as long as 10 on another.

“The building was not in use for some time but I think the owners had just had it re-built.

“Once we can get inside we can fully assess the damage and establish a cause.”