Staffordshire firefighters have spent the past 24 hours tackling a major fire at metals Hixon recycling firm JBMI Ltd and were still at the scene this morning.
The alarm was raised at 9.41am on Monday June 23 after fire broke out in a warehouse containing industrial waste at the firm's premises on Hixon Industrial Estate.
Around 40 firefighters from fire station across the county were called out to the incident, which occurred on the same day that the fire service was also dealing with a major blaze in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.
The blaze involved 10 tonnes of industrial metal waste that caught fire inside an industrial unit. The unit had to be evacuated, along with a neighbouring office block.
Station Manager Paul Richins said: “Firefighters have tackled the fire externally through some large bay doors. We have used foam and sand to create a blanket over the fire."
Crews were at the site throughout the night to continue damping down after bringing the fire under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is not believed to be suspicious.
The fire service is working with the Environment Agency in an attempt to prevent any run-off pollution to local watercourses.