Investigation Underway Following Fire At Viridor Recovery Facility

An investigation is now underway to determine the cause of a fire that broke out at Viridor’s Raikes Lane thermal recovery facility in Bolton on Sunday (17 September).

Firefighters responded within minutes to ensure any potential damage was kept to a minimum, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said.

The blaze was alerted to fire crews at 16.51pm on Sunday. A total of 10 fire engines and two aerial appliances were in attendance at Raikes Lane Industrial Estate, Bolton.

Upon arrival firefighters were met with flames covering an area approximately measuring 20m x 50m, spread across three stories within the building, requiring the use of five jets to tackle the blaze.

Due to the expertise of the crews in attendance, they were able to ensure that the fire wasn’t able to spread any further, bringing the fire well under control 90 minutes after first arriving.

Group Manager John Crawley, Incident Commander at the scene said: “A significant amount of resources arrived at the incident quickly and were able to bring the fire under control. The actions of our staff tonight allowed us to save a large portion of the and surrounding site.

“Firefighters will remain at the incident overnight to liaise and assist with the Viridor management team.”

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Picture credit: @manchesterfire

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