Essex

Blaze destroys recycling centre near Chelmsford

A recycling centre in Essex has been destroyed in a major fire.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at Little Waltham, near Chelmsford, involving about a 1,000 tonnes of plastic waste, at about 0500 BST.

The walls of the building, where recyclable rubbish is sorted, buckled under the heat.

With no water on site supplies had to be pumped in from a nearby lake. The fire took about six hours to bring under control.

The fire is the second in two months at the site.

A joint police and fire investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.

Station Officer Simon Dedman, incident commander with Essex Fire and Rescue Service, said that when crews arrived "the fire was well developed".

He added: "The inside of the building is pretty much destroyed."

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