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Fire crews remain at Westbury processing plant


Date: 30th June, 2016

Crews from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service remain at the scene of a fire at a solvents recycling business in Westbury.

Firefighters were called to Absolute Solvents in Brook Lane at 9.28am this morning (30 June) and six fire engines were mobilised, from Westbury, Trowbridge, Warminster (two), Frome and Melksham.

They were supported by the heavy rescue unit from Trowbridge, a water carrier from Wilton and an incident command vehicle from Devizes.

The fire was contained within a processing building, with four 200 litre chemical drums affected. The fire started via self-combustion, due to a reaction of chemicals within the drums during a process to separate out recyclable material.

As at 1pm, the Fire and Rescue Service was reducing its attendance on site to three crews, to continue cooling the affected drums until such time as the chemical reaction stops and the risk of fire is removed.

Six personnel from Absolute Solvents received precautionary medical attention from South Western Ambulance Service on site but did not require any treatment.

Colleagues from Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council, Public Health England and the Environment Agency have also been supporting the incident to ensure that there is no risk to the public.

Brook Lane and Stephenson Road have now been reopened and the advice to local businesses and people to stay indoors and keep windows and doors shut has been lifted.

The Fire and Rescue Service expects to remain on scene for some time, but all operational activity is contained within the affected site.

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