Fire services to put out three-week fire at Bourne recycling plant

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A scrap fire near Bourne which started three weeks ago today (Friday) is to be fully extinguished, prompting a warning to nearby residents and businesses.

About 800 tonnes of scrap metal and rubber caught fire at the BW Riddle Engine Recycling plant, in South Fen Road, at 1pm on Friday, September 14.

Investigators later confirmed the flames were started by friction on the conveyor belt caused by an unknown object.

Yesterday (Thursday), a spokeswoman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said following consultations with the Environment Agency, BW Riddle and the company’s health and safety advisors an agreement had been reached to fully extinguish the blaze.

The spokesman said: “Because of these actions over the next few days there is liable to be an increase in the quantities of smoke issuing from the premises which may affect local residents and companies in the surrounding area.”

Residents and businesses are advised to keep their doors and windows shut.

The spokesman said the fire service and its partners apologised for any inconvenience caused.