Notts firm ravaged by fire 'doesn't have a permit' to store waste

An Industrial Unit in North Notts caught fire on Wednesday, September 21. (Image: NFRS).

An Industrial Unit in North Notts caught fire on Wednesday, September 21. (Image: NFRS).

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UPDATE: After three-days of misery for nearby residents, new light is shed on the company who's waste disposal unit went up in flames on Wednesday.

Firefighters were called to an industrial unit in Forest Lane, Walesby near Ollerton at 10.30am on Wednesday, September 21.

Nobile Foods' plant in Walesby has been burning into a third day  after plastic waste caught fire - but Environment Agency officials have revealed that the company doesn't have a licence to store waste there. (Image James Day).

Nobile Foods' plant in Walesby has been burning into a third day after plastic waste caught fire - but Environment Agency officials have revealed that the company doesn't have a licence to store waste there. (Image James Day).

A blaze raged for three days at the site after authorities decided to let the building burn to prevent risks of contamination to nearby water sources.

Crews are now waiting as the building reduces toa smoulder and thinner white smoke is seen rising form what remains of the industrial unit.

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In the latest updates, the site is confirmed to be owned by Noble Foods, which produces the Happy Eggs brand, and has a packaging plant at Walesby.

But after news that the building that went up in flames was a waste facility, the environment agency has said Noble Foods did not have a permit to store waste at the site.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “The site of the fire at Walesby, Nottinghamshire is not a permitted waste site and therefore there was no authorisation for any waste to be stored there. An investigation is now underway to determine the circumstances around this incident. Any residents with any information or any concerns can contact our free 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60”.

Noble Foods has facilities across the UK, including a milling site in Bilsthorpe and a packing centre in Eakring Road, Mansfield.

There is no indication of the cause of the fire but the Environment Agency said there was believed to be plastic waste in the unit.