Fire at tip after ve­hi­cle ig­nites

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

A LARGE plant ve­hi­cle burst into flames in­side a build­ing at Kirklees Coun­cil’s house­hold waste site in Dews­bury.

Fire­fight­ers were called at 12.28pm on Wed­nes­day to the House­hold Waste and Re­cy­cling Cen­tre in Weav­ing Lane, off Thorn­hill Road, Thorn­hill Lees.

A spokes­woman for West York­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice said: “We got the call at 12.28pm that a large load­ing ve­hi­cle was on fire.

“Two ap­pli­ances from Dews­bury and one from Mir­field at­tended and used four breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus and two hose reels.”

A Dews­bury fire­fighter said the plant ve­hi­cle was on fire in­side the build­ing. It’s un­clear how the blaze started.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “A large piece of load­ing equip­ment at the waste trans­fer site op­er­ated by SUEZ caught fire and the equip­ment was iso­lated.

“Refuse col­lec­tion crews were di­verted to Hud­der­s­field and we are work­ing with SUEZ to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent.” The tip re­mained open.

It’s not the first time there have been fires at the tip. In Au­gust last year 60 fire­fight­ers tack­led an in­ferno in the tip build­ing and in De­cem­ber 2013 fire­fight­ers from across West York­shire had to bring an­other large fire un­der con­trol.

Fire­fight­ers tackle a pre­vi­ous blaze at the tip in Thorn­hill Lees

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