One Week On: Work continues to tackle Deptford Fire

Written by on 22nd May 2018

Partners responding to the fire at the abandoned Alex Smiles scrap yard in Deptford are continuing to work on the site.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Sunderland City Council, the Environment Agency and Public Health England have been tackling the incident since the fire broke out last Monday (14.5.18) evening.

Since Friday, contractor s have moved waste from the area nearest the fire to safer areas on site to create a safe working space as firefighting moves from containing and cooling the fire to a more aggressive approach, which will see hot material pulled from the building and made safe.

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service remain on the scene, Assistant Chief Officer Alan Robson said crews are still working on site.

“We remain with 16 firefighters on site along with the Environment Agency. Contractors are removing waste from areas surrounding the affected buildings, reducing the risk of a further spread of the fire.” – Alan Robson, TWFRS

Work to remove smouldering waste from the main warehouse will begin later today. This is likely to result in people noticing more smoke and an increased odour coming from the site in the next few days as material is removed and cooled.

“Our crews continue to apply a number of ground monitors, drawing water from the Wear via our High Volume Pump. Whilst people nearby may see an occasional light plume of smoke as we further dampen down the waste, we are working hard to minimise any further smoke emissions.” – Alan Robson, TWFRS

The Environment Agency and Sunderland City Council have been monitoring air quality around the site since the fire started and monitoring will continue as the next phase of work gets underway.

Public Health England is continuing to advise residents in areas affected by Deptford fire to follow public health advice.

People living and working near the site should limit the time they spend outside and avoid the smoke. Where this is not possible they should reduce physical exertion in areas affected especially if they experience symptoms such as cough or sore throat.

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