Sprinkler system helped halt Westbury fire

Firefighters tackle blaze in new Hills recycling plant

Firefighters tackle blaze in new Hills recycling plant

Firefighters tackle blaze in new Hills recycling plant

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Wiltshire firefighters tackled a blaze at the new multi-million pound Hills waste recycling plant at the Northacre Industrial Estate, Westbury last night.

Four fire engines from Trowbridge, Warminster, Bradford on Avon and an Incident Control Vehicle from Devizes, supported by South West Ambulance Service, were at the scene.

Because the building is protected by sprinklers the fire was contained to one area, limiting the damage to the building and the surrounding environment.

As a precaution Wiltshire Council was informed of the smoke plume that had the potential to affect the surrounding area.

Due to the sprinkler system containing the fire, crews were quickly able to control and extinguish the fire.

Station manager Richard Humphrey, who attended the incident, said: "The sprinkler system saved the day - a number of sprinkler heads were operating, containing the fire to one area and the building was heavily smoke logged.”

“Six firefighters in breathing apparatus used water jets to surround and extinguish the fire.

"Firefighters then worked with the on-site team and their machinery to dig out and dampen down around 150 tonnes of household waste.

"Had it not been for the sprinkler system containing the fire, there would've been much more material involved and we would've been here for many more hours.”

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10:11am Wed 19 Mar 14

RPipey says...

What a difference the sprinklers made compared to a report issued today into recent fires at similar unsprinklered premises:
"Large amounts of public money have been spent on tackling the fires and the pollution caused by the fires. There needs to be positive action to reduce the number of fires to very low levels."
Congratulations to Hills Waste Recycling for taking pro-active actions.
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What a difference the sprinklers made compared to a report issued today into recent fires at similar unsprinklered premises: "Large amounts of public money have been spent on tackling the fires and the pollution caused by the fires. There needs to be positive action to reduce the number of fires to very low levels." Congratulations to Hills Waste Recycling for taking pro-active actions. http://www.kiddermin stershuttle.co.uk/ne ws/local/11083902.Re port_on_Lawrence_Fir e_handed_to_MP/?ref= nt RPipey
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