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Advice for residents affected by Burslem fire

November 6 2018

Firefighters remain at the scene of a large fire in Burslem which is generating a large plume of smoke in the area and a number of agencies are working closely together to ensure the safety of the public.

The fire is generating a significant amount of smoke. Residents in areas affected by smoke are advised to stay indoors and keep all doors and windows closed and check online and local radio for updates.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson

Crews from Sandyford, Longton, Newcastle and Hanley are tackling the fire and a number of specialist resources, such as the Aerial Ladder Platform and High Volume Pumps are also in attendance. Firefighters are working with partners from the Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Police, the River and Canals Trust, the Environment Agency and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to manage the impact the incident is having on the local community.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire, which began at around 4.12am today (Tuesday) and involves an unknown quantity of mixed waste within a derelict building. The fire is being tackled from the outside, using main hose jets. This incident is likely to be lengthy and residents and motorists are thanked for their patience and understanding while firefighters work to extinguish the fire.

The fire is generating a significant amount of smoke. Residents in areas affected by smoke are advised to stay indoors and keep all doors and windows closed and check online and local radio for updates.

Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed. 

Any smoke can be an irritant. If people need to be outdoors, they should avoid/limit time spent in areas affected by smoke and ash. 

Substances in smoke can worsen health problems like asthma and heart conditions so people should carry their medication if they are in areas affected by the smoke. 

Smoke can irritate airways, skin and eyes and cause coughing, wheezing breathlessness and chest pain. If anyone feels unwell after being in the smoke or is concerned about their health, they should call NHS111.