Search

Update: Firefighters tackle blazes at Rainham waste recycling plant for 24 hours

09:43 05 August 2014

Smoke bellowed from the site. Picture: @lizwilloughby

Smoke bellowed from the site. Picture: @lizwilloughby

Archant

Firefighters have remained at a waste recycling plant where they are damping down a fire, for 24 hours.

A waste recycling plant in Creek Way, Rainham, is still on fire after it caught fire yesterday. Picture courtesy of B Edmunds.A waste recycling plant in Creek Way, Rainham, is still on fire after it caught fire yesterday. Picture courtesy of B Edmunds.

A firefighter has warned residents in the area to keep at a distance from Shanks waste recycling plant, in Creek Way, Rainham, where firefighters were called to at 9.27am yesterday.

Station manager Laurie Kenny, said: “Crews are working hard and have prevented the fire from spreading to any neighbouring buildings.

“As the recycling plant is on an industrial estate, there are no nearby houses but there is a lot of smoke which is drifting quite a distance and can be seen for miles. If you live locally, shut your windows and doors.”

Fire crews from Wennington, Dagenham, Barking, East Ham, Stratford and Romford fire stations were initially sent to the scene but now 12 fire engines and 81 firefighters and officers are attending to the fire.

Around 100 tonnes of household waste – the equivalent of 40 white rhinoceros – is alight.

One firefighter who was called to the scene said he believed the fire had started on a conveyor belt, spreading to waste waiting to be recycled.

He said the building then caught alight before a crane collapsed into it.

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.”

There are now road restrictions on Marsh Way, Rainham, near the Blackwater Close junction due to the fire.

Firefighters are using mechanical diggers and aerial appliances to access the fire and have also used specialist equipment to pump water from the Thames to help put out the flames.

Some residents’ rubbish was not collected yesterday as roads were closed off thanks to the fire, but rubbish will now be collected today and taken to Jenkins Lane Reuse and Recyclying Centre in Newham.

For more details visit havering.gov.uk.

Read more:

Fire at Rainham waste cycling plant

Update: Tonnes of waste on fire at Rainham waste cycling plant equivalent to weight of ‘40 white rhinoceros’

Fire crews still tackling huge blaze at Rainham recycling plant

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:34
Residents and choristers at Romford Nursing Care Centre (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Young and old turned out for a morning of carols and memories at a Harold Hill care home today.

Yesterday, 11:41
Whitchurch Road, Harold Hill. Picture: Google Street View

Police are continuing to investigate a fire at a business address following the arrest of a teenager.

Yesterday, 10:13
Cllr Roger Ramsey: 'We hope our planning and assumptions will be in line with changes'

Councils across England face an average to their spending power of 1.8 per cent – but Havering hasn’t yet worked out precisely how badly it will be affected.

Yesterday, 07:00
The Brewery Shopping Centre in Romford

It’s a cause that unites the borough’s youngest and oldest businesses, from shopping centres to independent retailers, trend-setting vintage stores to traditional jewellers.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Janey Godley was caught up in the major road incident at George Square today, and gave her testimony of what she saw.

The former QPR and Burnley player was reportedly involved in a serious incident involving a lorry in North Yorkshire.

Ringo Starr, Bette Midler, Steven Tyler and Boy George are among the many musicians paying tribute to the Sheffield singer.

People are paying tribute after the rock and blues legend Joe Cocker has passed away.