Fire crews called to St Paul’s Cray recycling plant to put out fire

PUBLISHED: 08:25 30 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:28 30 December 2013

The Waste4Fuel recycling plant, in St Paul’s Cray, caught fire for the 12th time since March on Monday morning.

Two fire crews were called at around 1.30am, where 5,000 tonnes of waste lay, and left the scene at 4.30am after using a digger to put out “pockets of fire” at the Cornwall Drive recycling plant.

Frequent fires have led Orpington MP Jo Johnson to call for swift action from the Environment Agency to deal with the “incessant headache” of incidents at the plant.

Lisa French, Sidcup fire crew’s watch manager, attended the scene on Monday morning.

She said: “It was just small pockets of fire. I think it was due to the recent bad weather and heat building up underneath the waste.”

Before Monday’s latest fire, the London Fire Brigade had sent more than 550 fire engines to 11 separate fires at the Waste4Fuel site.

Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, James Cleverly, said last week: “Not only are these fires a significant drain on the Brigade’s time and resources and a huge waste of taxpayers money, they are also causing considerable disruption to people living, working and studying in the area.”

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