Weedon nut factory fire water filtered and recycled

Weedon fire The fire in Weedon is being allowed to burn out under control

Related Stories

Water used to tackle a factory fire in Northamptonshire is being filtered to stop it polluting a river and canal.

The fire at Quality Nut Products in Weedon, near Daventry, started on 26 June and is being allowed to burn out under controlled conditions.

Water sprayed on to the fire is going into drains that supply a village pond.

To protect the nearby Grand Union Canal and River Nene, oily contaminants are being filtered out before the water is reused by firefighters.

The pond was originally kept in case of fire at a nearby munitions factory, which has now been demolished.

Later it became the catchment for the drains on the Cavalry Hill Industrial Park, where the factory stands.

Firefighters called to the burning factory tried at first to prevent water getting into the drains, but once it was realised the seed and peanuts stored there would burn for a long time, their priority became to protect nearby watercourses.

Protecting waterways

The boating season was just beginning on the river and canal.

Luke Hobson from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue said the answer was to recycle the water.

The Environment Agency hired a contractor to contain the water and to filter off the worst of the contaminants, which were taken away by tanker.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "The fire water run-off can strip oxygen from watercourses.

"It is also black and oily in appearance.

"We have been working with the fire and rescue service to an attempt to limit fire water run-off from the site.

"Unfortunately the large quantities of water used to fight the fire mean that it has reached the village pond that connects to the River Nene.

"Up to this point, we have not seen any evidence that any fire water has got into the Nene."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Northampton



Min. Night 5 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage

  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world

  • Music scoreFinal score Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Woman standingMysterious miracle

    It's extremely unusual and shouldn't give false hope, but what makes the body beat cancer on its own?


  • A cyborg cockroachClick Watch

    The cyborg cockroach - why has a computer been attached to this insect’s nervous system?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.