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Fire crews deal with blaze on industrial site

Five fire appliances attended a fire that broke out on an industrial estate in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent at around 18.30 yesterday. 

"The incident was difficult due to the burning plastic which melted and then as it cooled it reformed in an uneven solid mass – and at one point much of Longton was covered with a cloud of acrid smoke."  

Crew Manager Ivan Fenton.

The fire involved bales of paper, plastic and clothing as well as a large skip full to the brim with plastic and clothing stored outside a recycling plant on the Cartwright's site in Willow Row. 

Crew Manager Ivan Fenton said: “The incident was difficult due to the burning plastic which melted and then as it cooled it reformed in an uneven solid mass – and at one point much of Longton was covered with a cloud of acrid smoke.  

“We used foam and three main jets to extinguish the fire and kept a close watch for re-ignition, especially inside the skip which was deep and full of combustible materials. We carried out two inspections at the scene at 12.30 am and 7am to check there were no hotspots.” 

He added that due to the intensity of the blaze it had been impossible to confirm a source of ignition but the fire was believed to have been started deliberately. 

Two fire appliances and the aerial ladder platform were sent to the scene from Longton plus an appliance and the Targeted Response Vehicle (TRV) from Hanley. Firefighters finally left the scene at 7.17am this morning.