UPDATE: Firefighters still at scene of Friday afternoon’s blaze

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UPDATE Sunday NOON: FIRE crews are still damping down at the scene of Friday afternoon’s recycling plant centre blaze in Bourne.

3.30pm Saturday: FIREFIGHTERS are investigating the cause of a huge blaze at a Bourne recycling plant yesterday and nearby residents are being asked to take safety measures to protect themselves from the fumes. The fire at BW Riddle’s on South Fen Road broke out at about 1pm on Friday and damaged 800 tonnes of recycling waste, including rubber and plastic. A recycling shed was badly damaged and an excavator destroyed.It is not yet known what caused the fire.

The scene of the fire at 2pm on Friday afternoon. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG140912-222NG

The scene of the fire at 2pm on Friday afternoon. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG140912-222NG

Members of the public living in the area are being asked to stay indoors and close windows and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

The Heath Protection Agency and the other agencies involved will continue to monitor the situation and issue advice to the public and organisations affected as necessary.

It would be advisable to avoid unnecessary travel near to the area involved in the fire. Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.

3pm Friday: FIREFIGHTERS are on the scene of a large blaze at BW Riddle’s recycling plant in Bourne. The fire broke out at about 1pm in 800 to 1,000 tonnes of waste, including rubber tyes and metal.

There are currently 10 fire engines from across Lincolnshire at the site on South Fen Road.

Police have closed the A151 and say firefighters are using water from a nearby drain to extinguish the blaze.

It is not yet known if anyone has been injured or what started the fire, but witnesses said they could see billowing smoke from Spalding and as far away as Stibbington.

A spokeman for Lincolnshire County Council said it is an “ongoing incident” and firefighters expect it to burn well into the evening.

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