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Update: Firefighters may be at work for ‘a couple more days’ at Rainham waste plant

18:57 06 August 2014

Smoke bellowed from the site. Picture: @lizwilloughby

Smoke bellowed from the site. Picture: @lizwilloughby

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Work on a fire at a Rainham industrial estate may continue for ‘a couple more days’.

The blaze photographed yesterday. Picture: B EdmundsThe blaze photographed yesterday. Picture: B Edmunds

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said there are around 35 firefighters at the scene this evening and they are still damping down.

The blaze at Shanks waste plant in Creek Way, Rainham, saw more than 80 firefighters at the scene extinguishing in excess of 2,500 tonnes of recycling at its peak.

The spokesman added: “We are all hot, sweaty and tired after being in Rainham all day.”

The blaze has been reduced to 100 tonnes of rubbish, he added.

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in Ferry laneFirefighters at the scene of the fire in Ferry lane

Crews from all over London had to be drafted in to give relief to local teams that began tackling the fire at around 9.30am on Monday.

Following the onset of the blaze, Wennington fire station’s manager Laurie Kenny warned residents to stay away from the site.

He 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.”

One resident witnessed the extent of the smoke coming from the fire and described its stench as “rancid”.

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

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

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