Sleaford

Drone photos show extent of waste plant fire

Police drone photos show the extent of the waste plant fire near Sleaford which is believed to have been caused by a lithium battery from within kerbside recycling waste received by Mid UK Recycling.

As previously reported, waste materials caught alight overnight at Mid UK Recycling at High Dyke, Ancaster and emergency services were called out at around 1.30am on Friday, September 14.

A major incident declared in the early hours has now been lifted, however a number of road closures and restrictions will affect traffic for much of the day.

The Lincolnshire Police Drone Team helped assist fire crews dealing with the fire and sent footage to the Environment Agency.

Photo: Lincolnshire Police Drone Team

Photo: Lincolnshire Police Drone Team

Drone Manager Inspector Ed Delderfield told Lincolnshire Reporter: “My officers provided situational awareness for the fire commanders giving a general overview of the site assisting to identify hazards and threats and provided video footage of the smoke plume to environment agency colleagues showing its size and direction.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have received additional support from police, the ambulance service, Red Cross, and local authorities.

The Environment Agency also has officers on site supporting the crews from Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue. They are monitoring run-off from the site to prevent pollution.

Mid UK Recycling issued a statement regarding the on-going fire saying they “will be working closely with the fire service to determine the cause and any lessons that can be learned going forward.”

This is not the first fire at the company as Mid UK Recycling were previously fined £100,000 after admitting breach of environmental and planning regulations following a serious fire at its premises.