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"Devastating" blaze at Recycling Centre

PUBLISHED: 09:02 23 April 2018

Pepperhill Recycling Fire

Pepperhill Recycling Fire

Michael Adkins

"Devastating" fire at Pepperhill recycling centre in Northfleet, near Gravesend

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Firefighters tackled a “devastating” blaze at Pepperhill Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Northfleet.

Six fire engines, a bulk water unit and height vehicle were sent to the facility in Newbarn Road, Northfleet, at about 6.20pm on Saturday night (April 21).

Firefighters remained at the scene yesterday with overhead gantry signs on the A2 warning: “Smoke slow down.”

Nearby residents were advised to keep windows and doors closed yesterday and reduced speeds were advised on the A2 as heavy smoke billowed across the road.

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Motorists Chris Davey said: “I could make out the flames raging inside the building as I drove towards Kent.

“The rubbish was completely alight. It looked devastating as I could see it through the gaps in the bushes.

“The smoke was blowing across the A2. It was passable but you had to be aware of the driving conditions. The smell was disgusting.”

A Kent Fire and Rescue spokesperson said crews tackled the blaze “wearing breathing apparatus and using water jets and cold cut firefighting system.”

No injuries have been reported.

The Pepperhill base which opened in September 2008 was the first high technology recycling centre in the county. Construction of the building was completed in 28 weeks at a cost of £3.4 million.

Serving both Gravesham and Dartford residents, the plant recycles more than 70 per cent of the waste.

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