UPDATED: Ramsbottom recycling plant gutted by huge fire

Huge fire at Ramsbottom recycling plant which produces oil

Huge fire at Ramsbottom recycling plant which produces oil

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A RECYCLING plant in Ramsbottom has been totally “gutted” by a huge fire which firefighters tackled for almost an entire day.

About 200 tonnes of waste, mostly paper and plastic, at Wheeldons in Kenyon Street, caught fire on June 21.

Crews were called after reports of smoke coming from the roof were made at about 2.40am.

The blaze, which spread quickly, caused huge smoke clouds to gather over Ramsbottom and eventually led to the factory’s roof collapsing.

Fire investigation crews are working with police and Wheeldon’s owner to establish the cause of the blaze, which is still unknown. * Seven pumps were sent to the factory, which manufactures fuel from waste products.

Firefighters used a crane to direct jets of water onto the factory from above and managed to protect nearby businesses from damage.

Fire service incident commander Paul Smitham said: “Everything is gutted.

“A lot of paper and plastics that were being prepared to be recycled have been burnt.

“We don’t know what has caused it at the moment, a fire investigation team will work with the police and the owner to find out.

“We managed to stop the fire spreading to adjacent businesses.”

Nobody was hurt, although so much smoke was created by the blaze that residents were told to keep their windows shut on a sweltering day, while police were forced to temporarily shut Bridge Street to traffic.

Steven Berrisford, who lives about a mile away from Kenyon Street, said: “It was illuminating the church tower at one point.

“Everywhere was covered in soot and it was like a volcano almost, with bits of black stuff landing in the street.”

Fiona, a dental nurse who lives in Peel Brow, near Wheeldons, said: “I couldn’t sleep because of the banging from the metal.

“It was so thick the smoke, you could not see Ramsbottom from up here at all.”

Alec Kenyon, who owns soap manufacturer Kay’s, a business located next to Wheeldons, said: “I’m relieved, I’ve not checked for smoke damage yet but the incident commander has told me we have got nothing to worry about.

“I was concerned but it’s a lot worse when your own place is on fire, which has happened to me before.”

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9:43am Sun 22 Jun 14

Oldhampal says...

How many more recycling plant fires will we have, what pollution levels are we looking at what is the cost to the council tax payer? Good job we have young able bodied firefighters , but sad they will have to keep fit until they are 67 ready to retire, that's when we might have a problem fighting fires caused by people unaccountable to the community. Labour , Tory and Liberal parties are all against fairness for firefighters but encourage capitalist malpractice
How many more recycling plant fires will we have, what pollution levels are we looking at what is the cost to the council tax payer? Good job we have young able bodied firefighters , but sad they will have to keep fit until they are 67 ready to retire, that's when we might have a problem fighting fires caused by people unaccountable to the community. Labour , Tory and Liberal parties are all against fairness for firefighters but encourage capitalist malpractice Oldhampal
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3:39pm Sun 22 Jun 14

steveG says...

We are all living and staying fitter for longer - even firemen.As a society we need to recognise this and increase our retirement ages accordingly.
We are all living and staying fitter for longer - even firemen.As a society we need to recognise this and increase our retirement ages accordingly. steveG
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4:06pm Sun 22 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

Oops.
Oops. boltonnut
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8:30pm Sun 22 Jun 14

the need for austerity is a myth says...

steveG wrote:
We are all living and staying fitter for longer - even firemen.As a society we need to recognise this and increase our retirement ages accordingly.
Quite right. A race to the bottom is the only way forward.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: We are all living and staying fitter for longer - even firemen.As a society we need to recognise this and increase our retirement ages accordingly.[/p][/quote]Quite right. A race to the bottom is the only way forward. the need for austerity is a myth
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10:48am Mon 23 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

steveG wrote:
We are all living and staying fitter for longer - even firemen.As a society we need to recognise this and increase our retirement ages accordingly.
A complete myth. A report and study paid for by capitalists and branded about by the corporate media. The pension pot is screwed because of the same capitalists and elitist brainwashed governments that pi$$ed in the same bed as those who took the funding cash to create a bogus study designed to brainwash the aged, aging and those who had been born from a certain date were the pension age rule comes into force.

Now onto recycling... with waste comes hazards. I find it strange that these fires do not happen more often. They seem to happen at facilities where income is dropping are H&S is virtually non-existent.

I have never understood this need for pensions. Can people not trust themselves to save or invest in bricks and mortar etc anymore? Why pay into a system that blatantly steals from and rips off people? You NEVER get back what you put in so why not invest to fend for yourself in the future where you will see all you money and not just a little bit from a financial fiddle?

I understand work pensions and state pensions (which are dubious to say the least) but private pensions??? Are you all thick?
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: We are all living and staying fitter for longer - even firemen.As a society we need to recognise this and increase our retirement ages accordingly.[/p][/quote]A complete myth. A report and study paid for by capitalists and branded about by the corporate media. The pension pot is screwed because of the same capitalists and elitist brainwashed governments that pi$$ed in the same bed as those who took the funding cash to create a bogus study designed to brainwash the aged, aging and those who had been born from a certain date were the pension age rule comes into force. Now onto recycling... with waste comes hazards. I find it strange that these fires do not happen more often. They seem to happen at facilities where income is dropping are H&S is virtually non-existent. I have never understood this need for pensions. Can people not trust themselves to save or invest in bricks and mortar etc anymore? Why pay into a system that blatantly steals from and rips off people? You NEVER get back what you put in so why not invest to fend for yourself in the future where you will see all you money and not just a little bit from a financial fiddle? I understand work pensions and state pensions (which are dubious to say the least) but private pensions??? Are you all thick? Beyond News Forum
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10:50am Mon 23 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Sick of not having an edit button... mind you it must be the same for Bolton News Journalists who are just as lazy as me to proof read.
Sick of not having an edit button... mind you it must be the same for Bolton News Journalists who are just as lazy as me to proof read. Beyond News Forum
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9:41pm Tue 24 Jun 14

macauley says...

looks a little dodgy to me.
looks a little dodgy to me. macauley
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