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Blaze at Rainham recycling centre sees 15,000 tones of rubbish go up in smoke

PUBLISHED: 10:13 10 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:32 10 May 2016

Two families were forced into emergency accommodation after a suspected arson in Barking yesterday

Two families were forced into emergency accommodation after a suspected arson in Barking yesterday

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Firefighters worked through the night to fight 20ft flames when 15,000 tones of recycled rubbish caught fire at a recycling centre yesterday evening.

The Shanks Recycling centre, in Creek Way, Rainham called for assistance when they realised the serious nature of the incident.

A spokesman from the London Fire Brigade’s Wennington Station, who responded to the call, said: “We were called to quite a big fire at the Shanks recycling centre in Rainham last night at about 6pm in the evening.

“15,000 tones of rubbish had caught alight and the last appliance left the scene at 3am.”

During the night, seven fire engines and 35 firefighters responded to the incident, where the first responders found 20ft flames hitting the roof of the recycling centre.

Fortunately, with the aid of the facility’s sprinklers and bulldozers, firefighters were able to separate the rubbish into smaller, easier to manage piles, which were then extinguished one by one.

No one was injured.

The spokesman said: “Everything worked perfectly, and although it was quite an operation, once we had the initial situation under control it was relatively simple to contain the fire.”

The London Fire Brigade will begin an investigation into the cause of the fire at the recycling centre today.

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