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Update - Fire at Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale

18/09/12

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) continue to work to fight a fire that started at a recycling facility on Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale, Derbyshire, on Saturday 15 September 2012.

Contractors are currently working alongside Firefighters, using JCB's to move unaffected wood pulp thus reducing the size of the surrounding mound of recycled material. Firefighters continue to damp down the fire and are working to contain further spread.

Area Manager, Bryan Bennett said "Firefighters are continuing to make progress with the fire on Lows Lane, Stanton- by- Dale, under extremely arduous conditions.

"We are constantly making tactical assessments of the fire and are working with all the relevant authorities to ensure the safety of the local community and the environment."

As smoke is still being generated by the fire, DFRS would like to reinforce the message for locals to keep their windows and doors shut wherever possible. DFRS would also like to remind people of the advice given by the Health Protection Agency East Midlands, for anyone who may have been affected by the smoke:

Because smoke consists of a mixture of gases, liquid droplets and solid particles representing the decomposition and combustion products from fires, it is only possible to issue general advice in relation to smoke from fires such as this.

Any smoke can be an irritant and, as such, if people have to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash or to limit the time that they spend in them.

  • If people can see smoke outside their property, or can see evidence of soot particles on windowsills or external surfaces, then they should stay indoors with windows and doors closed and any air-conditioning either switched off or set to internally re-circulate the air until the fire has been brought under control.
  • For anyone who already has problems with their lungs - for example, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder - it is advisable to stay inside while the fire is still burning, minimise infiltration of smoke by keeping windows and doors closed and to be sure to keep all necessary medicine with you.
  • Keep children with any respiratory problems indoors.
  • Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.

DFRS continues to work with the Environment Agency in relation to the run off from the firewater.

Lee Whitehouse, Major Incident Duty Officer for the Environment Agency, East Area said: "The Environment Agency has been at the Erewash canal following reports that run off from the firewater had got into the canal and that a small number of dead fish and fish in distress had been seen."

"We have been using oxyjets to increase oxygen levels in the canal. We currently have six oxyjets operating along a 2.5km stretch of the canal, which will continue until oxygen levels have improved. We have also reduced the amount of water running into the canal by diverting it to a Severn Trent Water sewer."

Lows Lane, Stanton-by-Dale continues to be closed with diversions in place. This road closure will be reviewed this evening and an update will be announced on this website, through the DFRS twitter account (@DerbyshireFRS) and local radio.

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