UPDATE: Sevenoaks Way recycling blaze - no end in sight for longest fire in Bromley history

UPDATE: No end in sight for longest fire in Bromley history

Firefighter tackles tonnes of smouldering waste at the recycling plant off Sevenoaks Way. Pics by Martin Peaple.

Sevenoaks Way, St Paul's Cray.

Firefighters tackle tonnes of smouldering waste at the St Paul's Cray recycling plant.

Digger removing tonnes of waste at Waste4Fuel Ltd.

The mountain of waste at Waste4Fuel Ltd.

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FIREFIGHTERS are expected to remain at a recycling plant off Sevenoaks Way until at least the middle of next week.

A digger is being used to load the recycled waste onto trucks to take away from Waste4Fuel Ltd while firefighters dampen down in Cornwall Drive, St Paul’s Cray.

Thirty-five firefighters in six fire engines were called to the blaze which broke out at shortly after 5.45am on Monday. (March 18)

One firefighter at the scene told News Shopper this morning that crews are likely to stay there until at least Tuesday.

Another crew member, from Eltham station, said: “If you move it around it could set fire to itself. It’s not getting rid of anything.

“So there is a JCB down there loading it onto a truck, but you can only load so much at a time.”

The blaze is now one of the longest running fires in Bromley history and has caused major traffic disruption over the past six days.

One lane of the A224 has been closed southbound between the A223 Edgington Way / A20 Sidcup By-Pass Road (Crittal's Corner) and Midfield Way, St Paul's Cray causing long delays during rush hour.

Today, three engines remain at the scene and traffic is said to be queuing down Sevenoaks Way.

Martin Peaple, 24, of Rectory Lane, Foots Cray, said: “The traffic’s a nightmare.

“It’s backed up to Halfords one way and well past the roundabout the other.”

He added: “It seems the firefighters are now concerned about the amount of water running off the site.”

The smell coming from the plant is also a worry.

He added: “It absolutely stinks, it’s like a house fire smell. It’s all household waste – plastics, wood and everything else.”

Officers from Environmental Health and Health Protection Agency have visited the scene to monitor the water runoff and waste and say they will continue to monitor the situation.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

This is not the first in December 2011 a fire at a waste site in the same road caused chaos as it burned for three days.

Sevenoaks Way was shut down during the incident which caused an estimated £200,000 to the business.

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2:44pm Sat 23 Mar 13

lord righteous says...

Why not call it what it actually is.
It is an effing rubbish dump, not a 'recycling centre'.
Should be closed down once and for all.
Why not call it what it actually is. It is an effing rubbish dump, not a 'recycling centre'. Should be closed down once and for all. lord righteous
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2:57pm Sat 23 Mar 13

chuck liddell says...

Where's gypo joe, the fire service hater, with his expert analysis? Im sure he's got something to say thats beneficial.
Where's gypo joe, the fire service hater, with his expert analysis? Im sure he's got something to say thats beneficial. chuck liddell
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3:33pm Sat 23 Mar 13

Gypo.Joe says...

chuck liddell wrote:
Where's gypo joe, the fire service hater, with his expert analysis? Im sure he's got something to say thats beneficial.
Hello Chuck boi, I've been busy out earning a nice livin' son. Back in me office now, more work ! Hey that's what working fer yaself is like though, no poncing, unlike you Union boys.

I see this cash cow is still smoldering for yas all. How many of ya on the t1t this weekend ? Double bubble tomorrow ??
[quote][p][bold]chuck liddell[/bold] wrote: Where's gypo joe, the fire service hater, with his expert analysis? Im sure he's got something to say thats beneficial.[/p][/quote]Hello Chuck boi, I've been busy out earning a nice livin' son. Back in me office now, more work ! Hey that's what working fer yaself is like though, no poncing, unlike you Union boys. I see this cash cow is still smoldering for yas all. How many of ya on the t1t this weekend ? Double bubble tomorrow ?? Gypo.Joe
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5:08pm Sat 23 Mar 13

chuck liddell says...

ahh, i knew it wouldn't be long...! He loves a good old fire service related story! gets all his anger out having a rant about them on here!

oh, poncing eh? what exactly do firefighters ponce? ...and who said i was in a union?! ....oh and just so you know that firefighters do not get any overtime at all on a weekend, but surely being an expert, you should know this already? ...and yes, it is still smouldering, and will be for the next few days, unfortunately. Got to make sure it's 100% out you see, as the general public might not be happy if the firefighters left it still smoking and burning. But hey, you don't care about that, mr gypo.
ahh, i knew it wouldn't be long...! He loves a good old fire service related story! gets all his anger out having a rant about them on here! oh, poncing eh? what exactly do firefighters ponce? ...and who said i was in a union?! ....oh and just so you know that firefighters do not get any overtime at all on a weekend, but surely being an expert, you should know this already? ...and yes, it is still smouldering, and will be for the next few days, unfortunately. Got to make sure it's 100% out you see, as the general public might not be happy if the firefighters left it still smoking and burning. But hey, you don't care about that, mr gypo. chuck liddell
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7:56pm Sat 23 Mar 13

casper999 says...

chuck liddell wrote:
ahh, i knew it wouldn't be long...! He loves a good old fire service related story! gets all his anger out having a rant about them on here!

oh, poncing eh? what exactly do firefighters ponce? ...and who said i was in a union?! ....oh and just so you know that firefighters do not get any overtime at all on a weekend, but surely being an expert, you should know this already? ...and yes, it is still smouldering, and will be for the next few days, unfortunately. Got to make sure it's 100% out you see, as the general public might not be happy if the firefighters left it still smoking and burning. But hey, you don't care about that, mr gypo.
Yea, agreed chuck, I've read last week hanging it out for overtime, blocking the road with engines , like there doing it on purpose, all sitting in there fire engines, well hanging it out ?, yea I'm sure ,I passed at 2am sat morn , no one was sitting about, in fact they were sorting hose out , freezing cold night, I'm sure there hanging the job out ?.
These are rubbish piles are high, so breaking them down takes time, fire becomes deep seated.
The real problem here, not fire crews trying to put it out and how they park there engines, it's this company being not being checked, rubbish piles getting to high, the yard is not in the best area, about time it was shut down. I feel sorry for people who have to live in Cornwall drive, the constant lorries up and down, mud and dust and now the smell of smoke,
Give fire crews a break..
[quote][p][bold]chuck liddell[/bold] wrote: ahh, i knew it wouldn't be long...! He loves a good old fire service related story! gets all his anger out having a rant about them on here! oh, poncing eh? what exactly do firefighters ponce? ...and who said i was in a union?! ....oh and just so you know that firefighters do not get any overtime at all on a weekend, but surely being an expert, you should know this already? ...and yes, it is still smouldering, and will be for the next few days, unfortunately. Got to make sure it's 100% out you see, as the general public might not be happy if the firefighters left it still smoking and burning. But hey, you don't care about that, mr gypo.[/p][/quote]Yea, agreed chuck, I've read last week hanging it out for overtime, blocking the road with engines , like there doing it on purpose, all sitting in there fire engines, well hanging it out ?, yea I'm sure ,I passed at 2am sat morn , no one was sitting about, in fact they were sorting hose out , freezing cold night, I'm sure there hanging the job out ?. These are rubbish piles are high, so breaking them down takes time, fire becomes deep seated. The real problem here, not fire crews trying to put it out and how they park there engines, it's this company being not being checked, rubbish piles getting to high, the yard is not in the best area, about time it was shut down. I feel sorry for people who have to live in Cornwall drive, the constant lorries up and down, mud and dust and now the smell of smoke, Give fire crews a break.. casper999
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8:51pm Sat 23 Mar 13

chuck liddell says...

Casper, thank you. The fire crews are not choosing to be there all day and all night, freezing and having to deal with thousands of tons of rubbish which is still burning. It has to be dealt with properly and that's what is happening.
Casper, thank you. The fire crews are not choosing to be there all day and all night, freezing and having to deal with thousands of tons of rubbish which is still burning. It has to be dealt with properly and that's what is happening. chuck liddell
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9:33pm Sat 23 Mar 13

Bob Downondiss says...

What a pantomime this has turned into. I'm sure it would have been far less expensive to have loaded all the rubbish up and sent it to a proper land fill. Of course charging the owners of this site for the cost !
Lets get these fire persons back to the station and their warm beds FFS.


Bob.
What a pantomime this has turned into. I'm sure it would have been far less expensive to have loaded all the rubbish up and sent it to a proper land fill. Of course charging the owners of this site for the cost ! Lets get these fire persons back to the station and their warm beds FFS. Bob. Bob Downondiss
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9:56pm Sat 23 Mar 13

chuck liddell says...

That is exactly what's happening bob! Its gradually getting shipped to a landfill site. There are 2 large diggers there getting through it all. The sooner its finished with, the better!
That is exactly what's happening bob! Its gradually getting shipped to a landfill site. There are 2 large diggers there getting through it all. The sooner its finished with, the better! chuck liddell
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10:15pm Sat 23 Mar 13

Bob Downondiss says...

Well I hope the owners are being charged, ( cost wise and perhaps criminally ) over this fiasco.
Well I hope the owners are being charged, ( cost wise and perhaps criminally ) over this fiasco. Bob Downondiss
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11:52am Sun 24 Mar 13

Marty1979 says...

chuck liddell wrote:
That is exactly what's happening bob! Its gradually getting shipped to a landfill site. There are 2 large diggers there getting through it all. The sooner its finished with, the better!
But due to the fire there's far less going to landfill - so saving the company a fortune
[quote][p][bold]chuck liddell[/bold] wrote: That is exactly what's happening bob! Its gradually getting shipped to a landfill site. There are 2 large diggers there getting through it all. The sooner its finished with, the better![/p][/quote]But due to the fire there's far less going to landfill - so saving the company a fortune Marty1979
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