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Salford plastics blaze melts letters on fire engine

Fire in Clifton Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Smoke from the fire could seen for miles, the fire service said

A large blaze at an industrial site in Salford was so fierce it melted the letters on one of the fire engines.

The fire at the Junction Eco Park estate, in the Clifton area of Swinton, involved recycled plastics.

The blaze was first reported at 16:40 GMT on Sunday. At its height, 50 firefighters were tackling it.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service tweeted that heat from the fire was "so intense" it "melted" the letters on one of its fire engines.

Firefighters are expected to remain at the site throughout Monday.

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Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Area manager Wayne Shields, who was the officer in charge, said: "Crews were faced with a severe fire at a waste recycling plant.

"When they first arrived plastic was melting and running down to the adjacent buildings.

"They did a fantastic job and worked extremely hard to protect the surrounding buildings."

Ambulances were sent to the scene, but nobody was injured.

Motorists on the nearby M60 motorway were advised by the fire service to take care while driving due to smoke.

An investigation into how the fire started is now due to begin.

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Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Image copyright Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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Image caption Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the main area of the fire is in the zone marked 'X'
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Image caption Motorists in the area were advised to close their windows

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