By John Elworthy
Sunday, March 31, 2013
HUNDREDS of tonnes of recycling material – some reports say up to 800- smouldering following a fire at a processing plant in Cambridgeshire.
Fire crews were called to AmeyCespa recycling plant off the A10 at Waterbeach earlier today to tackle the blaze. No one has been injured although the extent of the damage is not yet known.
By lunchtime the company’s managing director Paul Greenwell confirmed fire crews would remain into the afternoon.
Environment Agency officials are also thought to be on site, inspecting the damage and assessing the next steps in recovery.
AmeyCespa has been plagued with difficulties at the multi million pound site where equipment failure has seen a massive machine called The Terminator put out of action and threatened recycling activity.
Today’s fire is thought to have been in the same area where the faulty machinery would normally operate but is unconnected with the fire.
The first call to emergency services today was just before 7am and fire crews from Cambridge, Cottenham, Ely, Papworth and Sutton were called as well as a command unit, which travelled to Waterbeach from Huntingdon.
In neighbouring Milton one villager reported on Twitter that “this morning’s acrid smoke smell through the village explained: it was a fire at the recycling plant at Waterbeach”.
Smoke did at one moment blow across the A10 but it soon changed directions to edge away across nearby fields.
Fire chiefs used thermal imaging cameras to inspect the inside of the fire damaged section of the building. And some firemen wearing breathing apparatus were quickly able to move on site to use water to dampen the recycled waste.