Telford waste centre blaze: Fire chiefs warn they will be on site for at least two months

The clean-up operation after the Telford recycling centre fire could take at least two months, fire chiefs warned today.

A large warehouse at the Greenway Polymers site in Ketley, has been smouldering since Monday, April 26.

Crews from all across Shropshire have been taking part in a huge ongoing operation to extinguish the fire that began a week-and-a-half ago and saw huge plumes of smoke over parts of the town, schools and roads closed and traffic on the nearby M54 affected.

The fire at the former recycling centre involves large quantities of plastic waste, and fire crews have maintained a constant watch at the site to manage any potential hotspots.

They include teams from as far afield as Market Drayton and Ellesmere.

Senior firefighters warned that there will be a presence at the site for at least another two months for the substantial clean-up operation.

Waterloo Road, which passes by the site, was closed in the first few days of the fire but has since reopened, with temporary traffic lights to allow fire crews to continue working.

West Mercia Police, the Environment Agency, the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have all been drafted in to help with the mammoth effort to extinguish the fire.

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