29.5.16 Large Fire At Landfill Site Near Ringwood


80 fire fighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have been tackling a fire overnight at a landfill site in Ringwood.  People in and around Ringwood, Ashley Heath and Verwood were asked to keep their windows and doors shut.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service say they were called out to the Chatsworth Blue Haze Landfill Site in Verwood Road on Sunday 29.5.16.

Fire commanders in charge of the incident called in two high volume pumps from Hampshire and Dorset to help bring much needed water supplies, in an attempt to extinguish the blaze.  The pumps have a capability of pumping 14000 litres of water a minute, they are normally used to clear flooded areas.

A mile of heavy duty hoses lay at the side of the main Ringwood Road from the Veolia site in to Somerley Village.  Nearby residents were warned to keep all windows and doors closed as acrid smoke billowed from the site. 

Staff and Managers on the Veolia Blue site praised the work of fire fighters on their professionalism in tackling and containing the blaze.

A spokesperson from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service stated that there were 14 appliances and a number of personal at the scene whilst crews worked to get the fire under control.  Crews remained at the site during the night with further crews being brought in to replace fighter fighters who have already been at the incident since the start.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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