Thousands of tonnes of waste on fire in Ramsey

Fire fighters attend a fire on land near Ramsey Heights on a former airfield (Upwood) EMN-151204-205507009

Fire fighters attend a fire on land near Ramsey Heights on a former airfield (Upwood) EMN-151204-205507009

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Fire crews stayed at the site of an inferno in Ramsey which saw 6,000 tonnes of organic waste catch fire after residents were told to keep doors and windows shut as a result of the blaze.

Firefighters were called to Biggin Lane, Ramsey Heights, at 1.30pm yesterday (Sunday).

A large quantity of organic waste was on fire at an agricultural recycling site. Multiple compost heaps were well alight within close proximity to an office building on the site.

It is not thought the smoke from the fire will cause problems for residents today.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using jets to protect machinery and prevent the fire from spreading.

Crews used water from a near-by lake to bring the fire under control.

Crews were met with a fire involving about 6,000 tonnes of organic waste material which was well alight

Station Commander Kevin Napier

Firefighters stayed at the scene over night to ensure the scene was safe.

Yesterday Station Commander Kevin Napier said: “Crews were met with a fire involving about 6,000 tonnes of organic waste material which was well alight, and they are working hard to prevent the fire from spreading.

“We do not believe anything harmful is burning but for their personal comfort, we would encourage residents to close their windows and doors if they do encounter smoke in the nearby area.

“Firefighting operations will continue for a while yet and we are working with the owners of the site to make progress with the incident.”