Landfill waste fire

PUBLISHED: 16:18 03 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

FIRE crews from Saffron Walden and Dunmow were called to a fire at an Ugley landfill site. Crews from Newport, Stansted and Bishop s Stortford were also involved in the efforts to extinguish the fire at Cambridge Road, which began at about 11am on Sunday.

FIRE crews from Saffron Walden and Dunmow were called to a fire at an Ugley landfill site.

Crews from Newport, Stansted and Bishop's Stortford were also involved in the efforts to extinguish the fire at Cambridge Road, which began at about 11am on Sunday.

Neil Fenwick, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service assistant divisional officer, said: "At the site, the rubbish is compacted and treated ready to become part of the landfill, and it was this that caught fire.

"The cause of the fire is being treated as accidental, but we do not yet know exactly how it started.

"Crews worked very hard in some very difficult conditions and it is thanks to their professionalism and the tremendous help we had from staff working at the site that this fire was extinguished so quickly.

"Staff came to our help using JCBs and other specialist vehicles at the site to help us by moving rubbish around so we could get at the blaze."

Although the fire was extinguished by 2pm, fire crews returned to the scene the following day, turning over and damping down the ground to minimise any chance of re-ignition.

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