FIREFIGHTERS were back at the Waste4Fuel recycling plant in St Paul’s Cray overnight to battle the third fire in five weeks.

Three crews were called to the site in Cornwall Drive at around 11.10pm to deal with the fire in a pile of rubbish which is around 40m by 30m and a depth of 10m.

The fire was brought under control by 12.50am.

Mechanical diggers were used to turn over the rubbish and help the firefighters damp down the smouldering waste.

The crews will be visiting the site throughout the day to check it is okay.

Four crews were at the site throughout the night of April 10 tackling a blaze at the site.

And last month the firefighters were called to a blaze at the site on March 18 and were there for eight days.

Environment Agency served Waste4Fuel with an environmental permit suspension notice on the business last week.

This means it has to remove all combustible waste from the facility in Cornwall Drive.

Under the terms of the notice it must clear all this waste off the site by July 15, subject to any appeal process, at a rate of no less than two articulated lorries a day and no less than 250 tonnes per week.