VIDEO: People living near huge Wellingborough fire warned to stay indoors

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Dozens of firefighters are tackling the blaze at a recycling plant on the Leyland Industrial Estate in Wellingborough which has thrown “hazardous” smoke hundreds of feet into the sky.

In a statement issued this morning (Friday, April 4), Northants Fire and Rescue Service has warned people living near the blaze at ESS Recycling to stay indoors.

Wellingborough factory fire Friday, April 4, 2014

Wellingborough factory fire Friday, April 4, 2014

Other emergency services are also in attendance at the incident, which an eyewitness earlier told the Northants Telegraph resulted in a smoke plume up to 300ft high.

A fire service spokesman said: “Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, along with its partners from the police and ambulance service are dealing with a large fire at the Leyland Industrial Estate in Wellingborough.

“We have 14 appliances in attendance and 60 firefighters.

“There is a large smoke plume which is hazardous, and advice is for those in the immediate vicinity to stay indoors and keep windows and doors shut.”

Large fire on the Leyland Industrial Estate in Wellingborough. Picture: @Northants_RPU, Twitter

Large fire on the Leyland Industrial Estate in Wellingborough. Picture: @Northants_RPU, Twitter

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire Police have issued a statement confirming it was continuing to assist firefighters.

The force said the road closures listed earlier remain in place.

They are Senwick Road junction with Irthlingborough Road in the direction of Irthlingborough and the Leyland Trading Estate and the Sidegate Lane junction with Irthlingborough Road in the direction of Wellingborough.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene of the fire, but said the fire did not cause any casualties.

Debbie Tweddle, EMAS locality manager, said: “We received a call at 11:16 to Environmental Storage Solutions on Leyland Trading Estate reporting an industrial fire.

“There was no threat to life and no casualties and so nobody was taken to hospital.

“However, our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) remain on scene to support police and fire services.”

The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is also in attendance at the fire.

A spokesman said: “The Fire and Rescue Service, in consultation with the Environment Agency and other attending agencies, is currently considering the best options for tackling the fire.

“The site is regulated by the Environment Agency for the recycling of waste fridges and freezers.”

The above video is by the Northants Telegraph’s Stephanie Weaver.

Reader Laura Sturges also sent this video of the blaze.