60 Firefighters At Recycling Plant Fire In Waterbeach

24 July 2015, 12:25

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue say around 60 firefighters are at a fire at Amey Cespa Recycling plant in Ely Road, Waterbeach.

The number of resources required was quickly increased and there are currently eight fire engines in attendance along with a command unit and support fire engine, high volume pump to pump large amounts of water, and other specialist firefighting engines and officers.

Approximately 15,000 tonnes of organic waste material are stored in an industrial recycling unit measuring 200m by 30m and various seats of fire in the unit are being tackled by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus using hose reels and jets.

The building was safely evacuated and there is currently no threat to public safety.

Update 10.30am, Saturday July 25:

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has now been able to conclude its operational activities at Amey, has removed all its firefighting equipment and left the scene following a handover to on-site management.

Group Commander Chris Parker, officer in charge of the incident, said: "It has been with thanks to the tireless efforts of crews yesterday and the close and effective working with staff at Amey that we have been able to conclude this incident much sooner than originally anticipated.

"We put the fire out yesterday evening and the site was monitored overnight and our resources have now left the scene."

Early indications of the investigation into the cause of the fire conclude it started accidentally.