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Large fire in Ellesmere Port
02/06/2014 - 06:36
Unicorn Engineering, Meadow Road, Ellesmere Port
Two fire engines from Ellesmere Port, two from Chester and the aerial appliance from Chester, one from Runcorn, one from Widnes, one from Merseyside and Cheshire's Mobile Incident Command unit.View other incidents in My Area
Fire and rescue crews are at the scene of a fire involving a large quantity of recycling material at Unicorn Limited. The fire is next to an industrial building. Firefighters are using ground monitors to prevent the fire spreading to the building.
12,000 tonnes of recycling material is involved in fire. There is a natural gas pipeline that runs nearby which firefighters are keeping cool with water and thermal imaging cameras are in use to check for hot spots.
There are now eight fire appliances at the scene including the aerial appliance from Chester. A gas engineer is at the scene and is liaising with fire crews.
Firefighters have now got the fire contained with all nearby premises protected. The incident command unit is at the scene.
The number of fire appliances has been reduced to seven with firefighters dragging out materials and keeping water trained on the refuse. Crews are likely to remain at the scene for some time.
This incident will be updated when more information becomes available.
Five fire engines remain at the scene, with relief crews in attendance. The crews are continuing to damp down and cool the fire ground.
Update 3rd June 11:55
Firefighters have been monitoring the site overnight to ensure there are no more hotspots of fire. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway.
Video footage of firefighters tackling a large fire in Ellesmere Port
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