Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Crews control recycling plant fire

Fifty firefighters battled to bring a blaze at a Stockport recycling plans under control

Dozens of firefighters have battled through the night to bring a blaze under control at a large recycling plant.

Roads were closed and residents advised to close doors and windows as a precaution after flames swept through the plant on Stockport Road West in Bredbury, Stockport.

Firefighters were called at 9.12pm on Tuesday with five fire crews and an aerial appliance initially sent to the scene.

A further five fire crews were soon sent to the incident with 50 firefighters working to bring the blaze under control.

Sean Booth, the officer in charge for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), said: "We will certainly be here for longer than today. There is a large smoke plume going into the air and moving towards Tameside.

"The smoke plume is not affecting the motorway but please take care when in the area.

"We were faced by a rapidly developing fire at a site of about 100 metres by 100 metres when we arrived after 9pm last night (Tuesday) and have been working at the scene all night.

"Because of the efforts overnight, we were able to contain the fire and have been able to lift some of the road closures and restrictions that were put in place."

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