Security review after £300k fire

Picture by Preston Fire Station
Picture by Preston Fire Station

Security at a Fleetwood site hit by a massive blaze is to be stepped up as investigations continue into how it started.

Reform Energy says the total cost of the damage caused by the blaze at its Jameson Road warehouse could be between £250,000 and £350,000.

Picture by Lancashire Fire Service

Picture by Lancashire Fire Service

And, as investigations into the cause of the fire continues, Reform says the future security of the site will be reviewed.

The blaze took hold on Saturday evening and although it was brought under control on Sunday, firefighters allowed it to burn itself in a controlled state after that. It meant the blaze was still smoking away by Tuesday afternoon. The building contained 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste.

Reform Energy communications manager Chris Nelson said: “We will certainly be looking at how the site is used and the security of its periphery as part of our of our ongoing discussions with the police, the fire service and Wyre Council. We will review the arrangements for the site once the site has been fully cleared.”

Mr Nelson says the incident is unlikely to affect progress on Reform’s £20m energy plant and forthcoming fish park.

A 16-year-old boy from the Fleetwood area appeared at Blackpool police station to volunteer information about the fire. He was arrested and questioned before being released on bail.

Meanwhile, one resident living near the site has spoken about how blinding smoke invaded her home. See page 5 for more details.