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Hixon blaze will take the rest of the week to put out, say Staffordshire firefighters

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 24, 2014

Hixon blaze will take all week to put out

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Staffordshire firefighters say it will take the rest of the week to finally put out a major fire at a Hixon industrial estate.

Crews have worked through the night tackling the blaze at Hixon metals recycling firm JBMI Ltd . 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. 

Firefighters from Rugeley, Brewood and Cheadle were at the scene today.  They are are using a digger to carefully remove small amounts from the pile and cooling the individual amounts using specialist foam. 

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Station Manager Bob Preston who is at the incident said: “We are likely to remain at the incident for two to three days as this is going to be a long drawn out process because we are having to extinguish the fire section by section.” 

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.

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