November 11, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea fire crews tackle blaze at landfill waste site
Firefighters from Burnham-On-Sea joined fire crews from
across the area in tackling a fire at a waste landfill site on
Thursday evening (November 11th).
Crews were initially called to the Walpole Landfill site, near
East Huntspill, at 4.20pm on Thursday afternoon - but their work
was hampered by strong winds, which spread the blaze.
Two fire engines were initially called to the incident and it
was established that there was a deep-seated fire within 2,000
tonnes of garden waste.
On site staff were employed with mechanical diggers to move waste
to create a fire break to contain the fire.
third fire engine from Bridgwater was mobilised for more lighting
at the incident and to provide light portable pumps.
Firefighters used breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to tackle
the fire, as pictured above.
Relief crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Street were sent during
the night and work continued until the early hours of this morning
when the fire was finally extinguised and duty of care was left
with the site manager.
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