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Latest multi-agency statement - Astonfields Industrial Estate

03/03/2016

Here is the latest update from the various agencies involved with the fire at Astonfields Industrial Estate.

Director of Response at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Rob Barber said: "The fire at Astonfields Industrial Estate has been contained overnight and is under control. There are now two appliances at the scene compared to 12 when the incident was at its height. We are currently carrying out a joint investigation with the police to determine the cause of the blaze and are working with partners as part of the recovery operation. We would urge any businesses in the area who need help and advice to contact our business support team on bst@staffordshirefire.gov.uk"

Supt Steve Morrey, from Staffordshire Police, said: "The cordon has now significantly reduced and is just around the area affected by fire.  Traffic is also flowing along Astonfields Road and part of Drummond Road after closures were lifted. We are now carrying out a joint investigation with our colleagues at the fire service to establish the cause of the fire. We would like to thank residents and traders for their patience and understanding whilst work continues at the scene."

Marc Lidderth, Environment Manager for Environment Agency, said: "The Environment Agency has a team working across various sites to contain any possible pollution from yesterday’s fire in Stafford. We are using tankers to pump oil from the River Sow, as well as making use of   booms and absorbents, where appropriate. We also have our Air Quality Monitoring Team out in the local area where they’re measuring the smoke impact and advising on any health risks. We have not seen any significant decrease in oxygen levels in watercourses surrounding the incident and have had no reports of dead fish or fish in distress. Our priority, working alongside our resilience partners, is to minimise any impact on the community and the environment from pollution. We have received reports of some wildlife in distress near Lammescote Road, Stafford. These have been passed to the RSPCA who are attending the site. Members of the public who have any concerns on environment impacts can ring the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 807060."

Leader of Staffordshire County Council Philip Atkins said: "Following yesterday’s fire in Stafford, we can confirm that the two schools closed as a precautionary measure are now open.  The recycling centre in Stafford is also operating as normal today.  We are continuing to work closely with emergency services and the Environment Agency on the aftermath of the fire, and are assisting local businesses to help aid them in their recovery."

Dr David Kirrage, Health Protection consultant for Public Health England in the West Midlands, said: "Air quality was monitored yesterday evening and this morning, and the analysis shows that the air quality has returned to normal background conditions. We understand that despite continued low level burning on site, the plume is much reduced and has dispersed into the atmosphere due to local weather conditions. In light of this, there is currently no increased risk to public health for local residents who wish to open their windows and doors. We will continue to monitor the situation in partnership with other agencies and update information and advice as appropriate."

Will Conaghan, Stafford Borough Council spokesman, said: "We arranged for some of those evacuated from their homes to be accommodated overnight. We will be checking on them as they return home today. We will be working with the businesses that were directly affected by the fire to offer support and help in providing alternative accommodation if it is required. Officers have been visiting the other businesses on the industrial estate to ensure they are ok and asking them to contact us if they need any assistance following the incident. Our streetscene team will be cleaning up any mess left on roads and streets around the site."