FIRE UPDATE: Warning as toxic smoke lingers over Notts homes

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UPDATE: Nottinghamshire firefighters are working into their second day to control a huge fire at Walesby,

Firefighters were called at 10.30am yesterday (Wednesday, September 21) and by 1pm said they were unable to extinguish the blaze so they had opted to 'let it burn out'.

And into it's second day, a fire spokesperson said firefighters worked through the night to control the fire at an industrial unit, and focus on stopping it from spreading.

Firefighters at the back of the building are said to have been hosing from trees to keep the blaze away from Woodland and with a wind-change this morning the plume of smoke causes greater risk to surrounding homes as it sits lower in the atmosphere.

The brigade said in an update this morning (Thursday, September 22): "We are still on scene monitoring the situation with two appliances and continuing to work with the Environment Agency.

"Smoke from the fire this morning is currently low due the weather conditions. We would like to reiterate to residents to keep doors and windows closed, and we thank them for their cooperation."

Courtesy Nottinghamshire FRS

Courtesy Nottinghamshire FRS

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BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters tackle huge blaze at industrial unit

Crews of nine fire engines were called to defend the surrounding area while a huge blaze at Walesby ravaged an industrial unit.

Fireifghters are concerned after a huge amount of black smoke hangs low in the air around Walesby.

Fireifghters are concerned after a huge amount of black smoke hangs low in the air around Walesby.

By the afternoon, an environment agency spokesman confirmed the decision had been taken to let the building be destroyed 'in a controlled way'.

An environment agency spokesman said yesterday: "We are currently working with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and other partner organisations to control and monitor the industrial fire in Walesby, Nottinghamshire. The decision has been made to let the building burn in a controlled way in order to minimise the impact on the environment."

A Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said the crews said due to the scale of the fire they haven't yet taken action to extinguish it and can't get into the building, so the decision was taken to let it burn and focus on containing the area of the fire.

No one is believed to be injured in the fire but ambulances are on standby at the location off Forest Lane, Walesby near Ollerton.

Courtesy Nottinghamshire FRS (Twitter: @nottsfire)

Courtesy Nottinghamshire FRS (Twitter: @nottsfire)

One resident said it was the biggest fire he had ever seen.

Two people who had visited the area said they could see the plume of smoke towering overhead from as far away as Ollerton, and as they came through Walesby along a bridlepath they had to escape the smoke.

Sally Gibbs, 22, a mum from Ollertson said the fire was worrying. "We came up the street this morning to do the shopping and we saw the smoke. We were a bit concerned becuause the fire engines were going past.

"We had to change direction because the smoke came towards us and it was getting a bit thicker, so we've turned to come back the way we came.

"It's a bit scary to be honest, with the banging and things falling down."

"It's toxic smoke," said her brother David Gibbs, 33.

Environment Agency workers have been assessing the risks to the surrounding area.

Environment Agency workers have been assessing the risks to the surrounding area.

She said the smoke plume seemed to be getting larger since this morning and our pictures show the fire has spread from the unit, in close proximity to trees.

Damien West, NFRS group manager told us at the scene: "We're asking residents and businesses to keep their windows and doors shut at this time. We're working with the environment agency to ascertain the risk.

"Our main priority has been to surround the fire and contain it to the building that's affected and stop it from spreading to any surrounding risks.

"We have an area of woodland at the rear of the premises which we're also protecting."

"At the height of the operation we have nine fire engines and just under 50 personnel. We've successful contained the fire to the building of origin. In liaison with the environment and pub the decision has been been taken to continue the burn under a controlled manner. We've come to that decision in order to mitigate the risks to the environment. The smoke is a minimal risk. We've decided not to apply water to the fire because this water can run off into local water courses or to affect the local area and the local agriculture in the area depending on these water courses.

Neil Ratcliffe of the Environment agency said: "We support the decision to allow this building burn rather than fight the fire. The reason for that is that the ground water in this area is very sensitive, it's very sandy soil so any water that you use to fight the fire will very quickly filtrate into the ground water.

"The fire is producing a lot of smoke and we believe it will go on for another 24 hours at least."

There is no suggestion yet as to the cause of the blaze.

Courtesy Nottinghamshire FRS (Twitter: @nottsfire)

Courtesy Nottinghamshire FRS (Twitter: @nottsfire)

Pictures form Notts Firefighters show the extent of damage to the industrial unit.

Pictures form Notts Firefighters show the extent of damage to the industrial unit.

The fire at the industrial unit, said to be a waste disposal plant, may present a risk to nearby woodland.

The fire at the industrial unit, said to be a waste disposal plant, may present a risk to nearby woodland.

Residents said they could see the plume of smoke caused by the fire from as far away as Ollerton.

Residents said they could see the plume of smoke caused by the fire from as far away as Ollerton.

Nine fire engines are on site at Forest Lane, Walesby near Ollerton.

Nine fire engines are on site at Forest Lane, Walesby near Ollerton.

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