Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Household rubbish burns at Fareham waste site

Waste plant fire Image copyright HFRS
Image caption Crews were called to Fareham in the early hours of Tuesday

A large fire involving 100 tonnes of household rubbish has been burning at a refuse site near the M27 in Hampshire.

Crews were called to the Veolia waste transfer site in Downend Road, Fareham, shortly after 04:00 BST.

About 40 firefighters tackled the blaze throughout the early hours. The fire was out by 13:15 BST.

Drivers were warned to take extra care because of smoke drifting across the motorway. Residents were also told to keep windows and doors closed.

Drifting smoke also led to a false alarm at a military site in Gosport.

Firefighters from four stations were called to the Ministry of Defence site in Fareham Road shortly after 07:20 BST following reports of smoke.

A Veolia spokeswoman said no-one at the waste plant had been hurt and an investigation into the cause had begun.

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