Weedon nut factory fire still burning after five days

The burnt-out warehouse Nearby residents have been advised to stay indoors with their windows closed

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A fire at a factory in Northamptonshire that had 500 tonnes of bird seed and peanuts in store has been burning for five days.

Firefighters at Quality Nut Products on the Cavalry Hill Industrial Estate in Weedon are allowing the fire to burn out under controlled conditions.

"It is likely smoke will last over the next week," a spokesperson for the fire service added.

Nearby residents have been advised to stay indoors with their windows closed.

The fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday

The fire service has been working alongside Public Health England, Daventry District Council's Environmental Health Team, Northamptonshire County Council's Emergency Planning Team and the Environment Agency.

Water applied to the fire has had to be contained and recycled to minimise contamination to local waterways and the River Nene.

A local fish pond has already been affected and specialist contractors have been on site to remove contaminated water.

"It is a fine balance between controlling and extinguishing the fire and protecting the waterways and the environment," Dawn Whittaker from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

The factory is now unsafe to enter and will be assessed by building surveyors.

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