Plympton toxic paint fire prompts major alert

A fire involving more than a tonne of powdered paint prompted a major emergency response in Devon.

The paint was being burned in a furnace at Dura Manufacturing in Bell Close, Plympton, on the outskirts of Plymouth, on Tuesday night.

Police, fire crews, the Environment Agency and civil protection officers worked through the night to contain the fire and prevent contaminated water polluting the Torybrook river.

No-one was injured in the fire.

High levels of carbon monoxide were recorded. However, a planned evacuation of nearby residential homes was later suspended.

The Environment Agency said the fire service's use of foam to put out the blaze had helped contain any potential contaminant from reaching watercourses.

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