Firefighters battle recycling centre blaze

Firefighters trying to control the fire at Clifton Marsh on Friday night
Firefighters trying to control the fire at Clifton Marsh on Friday night
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Firefighters from across Lancashire worked overnight to control a major blaze at a recycling centre.

The fire happened at Clifton Marsh refill site, owned by waste collection service, Sita UK.

JCB diggers dropping water on the burning stacks of wood

JCB diggers dropping water on the burning stacks of wood

Crews were at the site from 10pm on Friday and remained there throughout the following day.

Station manager of Fleetwood and Presall, Steve Chappell, was the incident commander of the operation.

He said: “A pile of wood that the company use to chip down for fuel caught fire, it measured approximately 100m by 10m wide and four metres high. The main issue fire crews had was due to a much bigger pile of wood next to it, about three times as big.

“Huge efforts were made to protect the fire going to the bigger pile as that would have taken days to put out.”

Twenty five firefighters were still at the scene on Saturday morning to keep the smouldering fire under control.

JCB diggers, with their shovels filled with water, were used to break down the large wood stack before flames could take hold.

The cause of the fire remains unknown but there is no indication that the blaze was started deliberately.

Due to the poor water pressure in the area, firefighters faced an arduous task.

Mr Chappell added: “We were having to recycle water already 
used to put back on the flames.” 
A spokesman for Sita UK, on Preston New Road, Clifton, said: “We would like to thank Lancashire Fire 
Service for its response in attending this fire on Friday night at our wood 
processing facility at Clifton Marsh. The fire was quickly contained and there was no risk to lives or property.

“A full investigation is now underway by us and the Fire Service to determine the cause of the fire.”