Gloucestershire

Westington Quarry 'substantial' fire tackled

Crews at quarry fire
Image caption Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said crews were expected to be at the quarry for some time

A "substantial" blaze at a quarry in the Cotswolds is being tackled by more than 70 firefighters.

Waste material in a 100m-long industrial unit is understood to be on fire in Westington Quarry, on Conduit Hill, Chipping Camden.

Fifteen fire engines were called to the scene just before 05:30 GMT.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: "It's been burning for some time before we got the call... it's under control now."

Crews from both Gloucestershire and Hereford and Worcester fire and rescue services are expected to be on site for some time.

'Dangerous conditions'

Gloucestershire fire service said it was the largest fire they had attended since the Lydney scrap yard fire in February.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Mr Hall said: "There were potential water supply issues, but we've resolved that with the two water carriers from Cheltenham and Evesham.

"With such a large structure on fire, there are clearly risks for our crews, including high voltage power and potential gas cylinders, but we're working very closely with H and W Fire and Rescue to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible and to minimise the risks."

He said the South West Ambulance Service was on standby at the scene.

Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for communities at Gloucestershire County Council, said the fire was at a remote location and had been dealt with rapidly and effectively.

"I would like to thank all the firefighters, who I know are working exceptionally hard in dangerous conditions to deal with this major incident as quickly as possible," he said.

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