Firefighters continue to tackle large fire at recycling plant at Glenfarg

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At its height there were 11 appliances at the scene

Firefighters Binns Farm

Firefighters are still at the scene of a major fire at a recycling plant at Glenfarg, near Bridge of Earn in Perth and Kinross.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at Binn Farm at 2.15am this morning (25 April 2014) following reports of a fire at a 90m x 30m building, which contained 100 tonnes of waste.

At its height there were 11 appliances and over 40 firefighters involved in the incident, including two pumps and the aerial appliance from Perth, a pump from Kinross, one from Newburgh, one from Auchtermuchty, one from Blackness Road in Dundee and one from Balmossie in Dundee. There were also appliances from Dunfermline and MacAlpine Road in Dundee.

Group Manager Billy McLintock is at the scene and said: “At its height this was a substantial fire which was contained within a very large recycling plant. We had 11 appliances here from both the Fife and Tayside areas. We worked in sectors and used two main jets and two hosereel jets to tackle the blaze.

“The fire is very deep seated. There are multiple seats of fire and because the building is enclosed it is a very challenging environment for our firefighters, due to the thick smoke and limited visibility. The construction and type of insulation is also challenging.

“We are now opening up the building to ensure we can access all areas to ensure it is properly extinguished and we will more than likely be here much of today carrying out damping down operations.

“We will be using PPV (Positive Pressure Ventilation) fans to ventilate the building and thermal imaging cameras to check for hot spots.”

A joint investigation into the cause of the incident will take place in due course involving SFRS, Police Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Calum McGregor, Senior Environment Protection Officer from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said: “SEPA is aware of a blaze at a Tayside waste recycling site. SEPA officers are in attendance to monitor the situation and carry out an investigation.”