Firefighters tackle blaze at Pegswood Waste Management Site

11 Nov 2017

A fire has  broken out at  Sanders Plant And Waste Management site in Pegswood, near Morpeth.

A call was received by Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service at 7.32 am on  Saturday 11th November.  Four fire appliances and a high volume pump from Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, supported by  an aerial ladder platform from Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service attended the incident.

While there is a plume of white smoke rising from the fire, this is quickly dissipating. The  public are being reassured  by Public Health England and the Environment Agency that there is minimal risk to human and animal health or the environment. However,  any smoke can be an irritant and as a precaution residents  immediately downwind of the fire are being visited by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and are being provided with advice.

The fire is in a  large, 70 metre x 20 metre steel framed shed which is two thirds full of  builders rubble and  general household waste.  Firefighters anticipate that the fire could take some days to fully extinguish. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is working with Northumbria Police to keep disruption to local residents to a minimum.

Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer at  Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “ I’d just like to reassure the public that the fire is contained and under control. Although  there is a smoke plume resulting from the fire it is not causing ourselves or our partner agencies any concern. We will continue to monitor both wind direction and speed and will offer advice to local communities if needed.   This will potentially be a protracted incident with Fire and Rescue Service in attendance for some time.”

Environment Agency Team Leader, Tristan Drought said:

“The Environment Agency has sent officers to the site to assess the impact of the fire on the environment and will be working with the fire service to investigate the cause of the blaze. ”

Water used to put out the fire is being collected in two large holding tanks on the site to prevent any contamination to the local watercourse.

Sanders Plant and Waste Management  is a licensed waste management site, registered with the Environment Agency. The company  primarily collect the content of household skips which is then stored, sorted and recycled.

Agencies on the ground are  monitoring the smoke plume, and the weather forecast;  the wind speed and direction is not set to change over the course of the weekend.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.