Up in smoke
Seventy firefighters tackle fire as plumes fill the sky
SEVENTY firefighters were in action in Harefield on Saturday night after 4,000 tonnes of waste wood caught alight. Crews were still tackling pockets of fire by the following morning.
THICK plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away after 4,000 tonnes of waste wood caught fire in Uxbridge on Saturday.
Ten fire engines and more than 70 firefighters battled the burning blaze at New Years Green Lane, Harefield.
The fire, which started at around 6pm on Saturday, was still being put out the following morning with crews damping down deepseated pockets of fire.
The London Fire Brigade said there were no reported injuries.
Speaking at the time, station manager Gareth Cook, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control, but this is a protracted incident with crews likely to remain at the scene throughout Sunday morning to ensure the fire is completely out.”
Ten fire engines and firefighters from Ruislip, Harrow, Hillingdon, Northolt and other fire stations in the surrounding area attended the incident.
The London Fire Brigade were called at 6.05pm and the fire was under control at 1.48am.
The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation.
n PLUMES: Thick smoke billows from Harefield Waste and Recycling Centre