Fire in St Erth blazes into third day

Fire in St Erth blazes into third day

A fire that broke out at a recycling centre has continued to blaze into its third day.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue said the fire at St Erth, near Hayle in Cornwall, started at about 20:15 BST on Monday and more than 70 firefighters were called to fight it.

Ruptured fuel tanks have caused the fire to spread with another bursting on Wednesday morning, firefighters said.

The yard owners said safety checks were completed the night the fire started.

“We are devastated for our employees who have worked so loyally for us for over 12 years and devastated to have lost not only our livelihood but many personal effects,” owners Kathy and Mark Bailey said on their Facebook page.

They said these included items that once belonged to Ms Bailey’s dead parents, diaries dating back to 1884, photo albums spanning 90 years and a vintage car.

The pair thanked the emergency services and sent their thoughts to the residents of St Erth who “bore the burnt of the smoke”.

Nobody has been seriously injured by the fire.

Great Western Railway said lines through St Erth station would be closed for a second day on Wednesday because the fire had spread.

Harry Hodgson, who was on a train which pulled into St Erth station on Monday, said the “huge black smog” could be seen from a mile away.

“It just erupted and basically took a huge building out within minutes and all of a sudden it was just an uncontrollable inferno, a massive blaze”, he said.

Mr Hodgson said “the general mood was excitement” because no one had been injured and people were “enjoying the power and the beauty of the fire”.

People living in the area have been advised to close windows and remain indoors owing to the large plumes of thick, black smoke.

Original source: BBC News

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