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Large Fire at Somerset Waste Site

Crews from stations across East Somerset in the South West faced intense smoke and heat at a fire they attended on Sunday 1st July.

The fire, involving around 10,000 used tyres and up to 8,000 litres of fuel, led to more than 60 emergency calls being received at the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service control room.

At the height of the incident, the Service had 12 appliances in attendance with crews wearing Breathing Apparatus, compressed air foam and firefighting jets to contain the blaze.

The blaze was under control around three hours after the first call with site staff and firefighters working together to move unaffected containers and vehicles away from the main fire.

The tyres were being stored at the Dimmer Landfill site close to Castle Cary railway station and could potentially bring delays to local rubbish collections.

Whilst investigations are ongoing, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service believe the fire was started deliberately. A DSFRS spokesperson said, “Fire investigation officers along with scenes of crime are investigating how the fire started as they believe it to be deliberate.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, www.dsfire.gov.uk



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