Leeds & West Yorkshire

Fire at H W Martin Leeds waste treatment plant

Fire at H W Martins Waste
Image caption Twelve fire engines were at the scene at the height of the blaze

Fire crews are expected to remain at the scene of a large blaze at a waste treatment plant in Leeds for several days, the fire service has said.

About 60 fire fighters were involved at the height of the incident at HW Martin Waste in Beeston, after being called to the site at about 01:30 BST.

No-one was injured, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

The cause is still unknown and investigations are continuing at the scene.

Vince Macklam, from the fire service, said the majority of the blaze was under control.

"There are a lot of bales of recycling material, papers and plastics and the fire has got quite a good hold of them inside," he said.

"It is really just a process of taking what is on fire out of the building and dampening it down."

Leeds City Council, which sends recyclable material from green household bins to HW Martin for treatment, said contingency plans were in place so green bin collections could continue while the Beeston site was out of use.

Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said: "Residents can be assured that none of these materials will be wasted or landfilled and that recycling remains our priority."

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