Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire metal plant fire under control

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Image caption The fire broke out in a scrap store on Monday

A fire at a metal recycling plant has been brought under control after more than 40 firefighters worked at the scene overnight.

The blaze at the JBMI site, just outside Hixon near Stafford, involves 10 tonnes of industrial waste, which has to be cooled in small portions using specialist foam.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is likely to stay at the plant for the next few days.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Emergency services were called at 09:41 BST Monday.

Firefighters are using a digger to remove amounts from the pile of smouldering waste to make sure it is safe.

Station manager Bob Preston said: "This is going to be a long drawn out process because we are having to extinguish the fire section by section."

The Environment Agency has confirmed nearby watercourses have not been polluted by either the effects of the fire or the chemicals used to put it out.

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