Six schools remain closed two days after huge Telford fire

Six schools remain closed today due to the continued impact of a huge fire in Telford earlier this week.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles around
Smoke from the fire could be seen from miles around

Residents near Greenway Polymers – formerly known as Johnson Aggregates & Recycling Ltd, Greenway Waste Recycling and Pink Skips – are still being advised to keep their doors and windows shut following the blaze on Monday.

At least ten fire engines and several police vehicles attended the site in Ketley on Monday afternoon, and black smoke billowed from burning plastic bales for hours. Officers are still in attendance and expect to be there into next week.

This morning a number of schools nearby confirmed they will remain shut today because the smoke will make it difficult to open windows in line with Covid guidance.

Smoke from the fire on Monday continues to cause problems for schools and the nearby M54

The schools affected are the Linden Centre, Newdale Primary, Meadows Primary, Lawley Primary School, Lawley Village Primary Academy and Shortwood Primary School in Wellington.

Remote learning is instead being arranged for pupils of these schools.

Puddleducks nursery is also closed.

Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service remained on scene at Greenway Polymers overnight on Monday and throughout Tuesday.

Smoke and lane closure on the M54

Dan Quinn, assistant chief fire officer, said work would be ongoing to mitigate the impact of the blaze at the facility on Rock Road for the next seven to 10 days.

The fire has resulted in smoke pouring over the nearby M54 and there are delays around Junction 6 because of lane closures.

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