Ten fire crews from across Hampshire have been called to tackle blaze that has broken out at the Biffa recycling centre. Fire crews were called just after 12:30 pm to a unit containing recycled waste.
Fire crews from Hythe, Totton, Redbridge and St Mary’s are attempting to stop the blaze from spreading. Two aerial ladders from Southsea and Basingstoke along with a HVP normally used to remove flood water has been called in from Hardley to support the crews.
No one is believed to have been hurt at the plant and all the staff are accounted for.
Fire crews are attempting to stop the blaze from spreading to neighbouring units. Workers have been asked to move their vehicles and a number of surrounding units have been evacuated.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue is asking residents near the centre to close their windows and doors due to the high volume of smoke.
Fire Crews are likely to be at the Biffa recycling for at least 24 hours tackling the blaze involving 450 tons of rubbish. Fire fighters are breaking windows on the sides of the building to vent the unit that is approx 90 meters by 60 metes wide. Fire crews efforts are being hampered due to the nature of the waste and the piles being approx 18-20 foot high. Fire commanders in charge of the incident have said they ave called in diggers in an attempt to extinguish the blaze as black smoke continues to pour from the building
More iamges as over 100 emergency service personnel tackle the ongoing fire at Biffa recycling centre in Marchwood