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Rainham waste recycling plant fire smells ‘rancid’

18:46 04 August 2014

A fire is still being tackled, around seven hours after the fire at Shanks

A fire is still being tackled, around seven hours after the fire at Shanks' waste recycling plant started. Picture courtesy of James Green.

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“The stench is rancid” says a man nearby the fire taking place at the waste recycling plant, Shanks, in Creek Way, Rainham.

Smoke from the fire at Shanks waste recycling plant in Rainham can be seen across Havering. Picture courtesy of Jack Stallibrass.Smoke from the fire at Shanks waste recycling plant in Rainham can be seen across Havering. Picture courtesy of Jack Stallibrass.

James Green, 37, of Rainham, said: “I work on the industrial estate near by and all you can see is smoke.

“It’s probably about 100 feet high and it smell is unbelievably horrible. The stench is rancid.”

Firefighters were originally called to the scene at 9.50am there is 100 tonnes of waste alight, which the London Fire Brigade says is equivalent in weight to “40 white rhinoceros”.

A fire is still alight at Shanks waste recycling plant in Creek Way, Rainham, around seven hours after it first begun. Picture courtesy of James Green.A fire is still alight at Shanks waste recycling plant in Creek Way, Rainham, around seven hours after it first begun. Picture courtesy of James Green.

There are now 12 engines and over 80 firefighters and officers who are taking water from the Thames, in order to fight the household waste fire.

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