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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Astonfields Industrial Estate - Multi-agency statement

02/03/2016

We expect the incident to continue well into the evening, and all emergency services and partners are working hard together to deal with the impact of the incident.

We recognise that people will be concerned about the health impact of the smoke.

Doctor David Kirrage, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health England, said: "Our is advice is for people to stay out of the smoke plume where possible. For those homes in the path of the smoke plume please keep doors and windows closed.

"People who suffer from asthma should make sure that they have any inhalers close to hand in case they need them. From the information we have at the moment we do not believe there are any particularly harmful chemicals in the smoke but we know that any smoke acts as an irritant and should be avoided."

Over the next few hours the roads will get busy and people should avoid the area as much as possible. Ideally we want to reduce the time people are in the smoke so we urge people to change your route away from the area.

Roads to avoid are Common Road, Astonfields Rd and Beaconside. Please don’t attempt to enter closed roads as they are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.