Fire crews to stay at Scunthorpe recycling plant blaze

Fire burning at a waste recycling plant Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze at the recycled plastic waste plant continued to burn

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Firefighters tackling a huge blaze at a plastics recycling plant in Scunthorpe will remain at the site for another 48 hours.

Crews were called to the plant on Winterton Road just after 18:00 BST on Tuesday.

The blaze involved thousands of tonnes of recycled plastic waste.

Two crews will remain on site until the fire burns out, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said.

No-one was injured in the blaze, but the fire produced heavy smoke across the area and residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed.

It was brought under control on Tuesday evening but crews remained in place throughout the night to stop it spreading to bales of recycled plastic in other areas of the plant.

Humberside Fire and Rescue group manager Paul McCourt said: "Due to the volume of waste material involved, [fire crews] could remain well into Thursday and possibly Friday."

He said the fire service was working with the Environment Agency to "minimise any potential issues with local water courses".

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