Thurrock landfill fire started accidentally

A FIRE which erupted at a Thurrock landfill site on Monday was caused accidentally, investigators have ruled.

The Essex fire service was called to the facility in North Road, South Ockendon, at 2.53am on September 9.

Five fire crews – from Grays, Orsett, Brentwood and Billericay – were sent to the incident.

The first firefighters on the scene reported that the blaze had spread across an area of approximately 300 square metres. They called in an off-road vehicle to help them extinguish parts of the blaze which were hard to reach.

In just under three hours, firefighters had contained the fire to 50 square metres. Roughly five hours after that, it had shrunk to 20 square metres.
By 11am, it had been fully extinguished.

However, nearby residents were advised to keep windows and doors closed all day yesterday due to lingering smoke.


Charles Thomson

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