Firefighters battling blaze at Dewsbury waste site

Firefighters have been battling a huge blaze at a waste incinerator site in Dewsbury this afternoon.

Sunday, 14th August 2016, 5:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:03 pm
Around 60 firefighters have been tackling a blaze in Dewsbury.

Crews were called to Weaving Lane, Thornhill Lees, just before 2pm today.

Hundreds of tonnes of household waste were burning at the Kirklees Council site, sending thick plumes of smoke into the air.

Ten pumps and two aerial appliances were dispatched to help bring the fire in a single storey building under control.

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Two ground monitors and large jets were also used as part of the response, which involved around 60 firefighters.

Efforts initially focused on stopping the fire spreading to offices and nearby buildings.

A spokesman said the fire was now under control, but crews would be on site throughout the night.