Investigation into Wellingborough recycling centre blaze to start this week

Wellingborough factory fire Friday, April 4
Wellingborough factory fire Friday, April 4

Fire investigators are to visit the burnt out shell of a Wellingborough recycling factory this week to begin investigating the cause of the massive blaze which destroyed the site.

ESS Recycling, based at the Leyland Industrial Estate off Irthlingborough Road, was almost completely destroyed by the massive fire, which was attended by 14 fire engines and about 60 firefighters at its height last Friday.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said investigators would begin sifting through the wreckage of the factory this week to try and establish the cause of the blaze.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “The investigation will start this week with fire investigators and loss adjusters.”

Speaking on Monday evening (April 7) a spokesman for the fire service added that firefighters were maintaining a continued presence at the site – visiting every four to six hours to carry out ‘hotspot’ inspections in the structure.

She added: “The fire service has met with key stakeholders to ensure business continuity and begin the recovery phase.

“Through working together the site re-opened on Monday with restrictions limited to the scene of the fire.”

“On Tuesday, a structural engineer will assess the stability of the building. This has two purposes; firstly, to assist with safe assessment of operations for the final phases of extinguishing ‘hot spots’ and, secondly, to assess the building as part of the business recovery phase.”

Residents living near the site are also being told that the risk from smoke from the site is now minimal and that the advice to not open windows and doors has been relaxed.