Bill could hit £300k after blaze ravages waste site

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The owners of a clean energy company have revealed the total cost of a major Fleetwood blaze could be as high as £300,000.

Lancashire company Reform Energy suffered a substantial blow after a building containing 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste on its Jameson Road site in Fleetwood went up in flames.

More than 50 firefighters from Fleetwood, Blackpool, Bispham, Wesham, St Annes and South Shore were needed to battle the towering inferno, which broke out at around 6.40pm on Saturday.

Reform Energy has now confirmed that the total cost of the damage could range from £250,000 to £300,000.

Reform Energy communications manager Chris Nelson said: “We believe the value of the damage could be in excess of £250,000. The plastic that was being stored there had a substantial value, and the building itself has been destroyed.

“With the remedial costs on top of that it’s likely to push beyond the £300,000 point.

“We will be in contact with our insurers.”

The baled plastic, which was being stored at the warehouse temporarily, has been left to burn out in a controlled state, with fire crews maintaining a presence at the scene. Reform Energy chief executive John Potter said: “The big priority in dealing with the fire has been the safety of local people and the emergency services teams.

“The fire is contained within the site so it does not pose a hazard and security personnel will be on duty to control access.

“We regret any inconvenience caused to people by the smoke and fire and the road closures and have appreciated their co-operation. We are thankful there have been no injuries or loss of life as a result of the fire.

“Lancashire Fire and Rescue have been hugely professional in the way they dealt with the fire and we appreciate their efforts.

“Air quality monitoring will also be carried out.”

Mr Potter added the company hoped to continue with plans to start work on the construction of a £20m energy recovery plant on the site, which would help power a nearby fish park.

He said: “It is unfortunate that this sort of incident has occurred but we are hopeful that it will not delay the plans.”

The waste facility and neighbouring 13,000sqm fish park are set to be completed by June 2018.

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