Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has launched an investigation into the cause of a fire at vehicle recycling yard operated by Recycling Lives in Preston during the early hours of Sunday morning (27 January).
Crews from Burnley, Blackburn, Hyndburn, Darwen and Preston were called to the site on Longridge Road, in the north east of Preston, shortly after 01:00 yesterday morning, where around 100 cars awaiting scrappage were found to be alight. Around 12 fire engines attended the scene, and no casualties were reported.
The fire was contained at 04:00, with the service using mechanical diggers to create fire breaks.
At around 09:00, the last of the crews dealing with the fire left the site. Residents were warned to continue to keep windows closed, despite smoke plumes having reduced in size.
In a statement, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ”Water used to extinguish the fire has been contained on site, preventing pollution of water courses and surface water drainage. The smoke plume is much less than it was but residents living nearby are advised to keep windows closed and with some disruption to local traffic due to the movement of fire engines and hoses laid in the road, we ask that people stay away from the site until the incident is over. There have been no casualties and the cause of the fire is to be established.”
Recycling Lives processes and recycles scrap metal, scrap cars, waste and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), using its income to support a social enterprise offering work and training to offenders and other vulnerable individuals. The company operates from 11 sites nationwide.
The Recycling Park at Longridge Road is described by the company as its ‘flagship’ recycling site – a 15.7 acre facility with a fragmentiser, depollution line and fabrication, welding and warehouse facilities. The Recycling Park uses a depollution line – to strip end of life vehicles (ELVs) before they are shredded, separated and recycled – as well as the fragmentiser.
In a statement, Recycling Lives, said it would be ‘business-as-usual’ at the site from today.
Its statement, released yesterday, said: “We are extremely grateful to and our own team members for their efforts to quickly contain a fire which broke out at our Recycling Park overnight. No-one was injured. Fire crews are now off site and our clean up operation is underway. Business as usual tomorrow.”
The company had previously suffered a fire at the facility in April 2015 (see letsrecycle.com story).
Recycling Lives this month reported a 61% rise in its year-on-year sales for 2017/18 up to £75 million (see letsrecycle.com story).
The Fire Service posted a video on Twitter showing efforts to tackle the fire.
Recycling plant fire, on our website: https://t.co/uqV0CrlMwS Fire engines and crews from @preston (2) @LFRS_USAR (Bamber Bridge and Chorley) @Leyland_Fire @Hyndburn_Fire @Blackburn_Fire @darwen_fire @BurnleyFire (2), also Fulwood and Penwortham.
Further video pic.twitter.com/VF7OKY9hvB
— Lancashire Fire (@LancashireFRS) January 27, 2019