Tonnes of carpets destroyed in Ancaster fire

Fire at Mid UK Recycling in Ancaster
Image caption Firefighters said the recycled carpet caused smoke to drift across nearby roads

Hundreds of tonnes of carpet have been destroyed in a fire at a recycling plant in Lincolnshire.

Emergency crews were called to the blaze at Mid UK Recycling on Ermine Street in Ancaster, near Grantham, at 00:40 GMT.

About 550 tonnes of recycled carpet was alight, causing smoke to drift across nearby roads.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said the cause of the fire was a mechanical fault in processing equipment.

Firefighters are continuing to work to damp down the blaze and advised motorists to find alternative routes.

The A153 from Honington to Sleaford and the B6403 High Dyke remain closed.

Last October, a building containing mixed recycling material was extensively damaged by fire at the firm's nearby plant in Caythorpe.

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