Weedon nut fire: Agency says 'bubbling' pond no threat

Weedon fire The fire in Weedon was allowed to burn out under control

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The Environment Agency has told villagers in Northamptonshire where a fire in a nut factory lasted three weeks there were no health hazards.

The fire at Quality Nut Products in Weedon, near Daventry, started on 26 June and was allowed to burn out, but it destroyed the village fish pond.

Water was collected in the pond from factory drains so it could be recycled but all the fish were killed.

Residents said they were still feeling the after-effects of the fire.

They were also concerned because the water in the pond appeared to bubble and leak gases.

Weedon pond pump The pond at Weedon was polluted by water from the fire

Karen Duffy's garden is alongside the pond and she said: "From my bedroom window I can see gases coming up from the pond - it's all bubbly.

"We're worried about what we're breathing in."

Patience plea

Luke Hodson from the fire service said: "We worked with the Environment Agency to make sure we recycled water from the site.

"The fire took longer than expected to put out but our objective was to prevent pollution of Northamptonshire's waterways."

Norman Richardson from the Environment Agency spoke at a residents' meeting to reassure people.

He said: "Everything that came out of the factory was natural as it was a peanut fire.

"The oils will break down in sunlight and the bubbles come from carbon dioxide breaking down but that will take some time.

"We're asking people to be patient. We know it smells but there are no health problems."

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