19 April 2017 by Elizabeth Slow

EMR’s Swindon depot reopens following fire

A scrapyard operated by European Metal Recycling (EMR) near Swindon reopened yesterday morning (April 18) following a fire at the site which broke out over the Easter weekend.

The facility at Gipsy Lane takes in ferrous and non-ferrous metals, along with scrap vehicles, which are processed on the site.

Fire broke out at EMR’s Swindon site in the early hours of April 15 (Picture: Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service)

A spokesman for the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the service was in attendance at the facility on Saturday (15 April) following reports of a fire in the early hours of the morning.

The spokesman added that the Fire and Rescue Service received a call from a member of the public at 00:48 on Saturday, and confirmed that a total of seven crews attended the site from stations in Swindon, Stratton, Westlea, Chippenham and Devizes.

According to the Fire Service, around 300 tonnes of scrap metal was involved in the blaze and crews tackled the fire using three main jets, two hose reel jets and were assisted on site with three grabs and one bulldozer.


The fire was extinguished by around 15:30 on the same day and a site inspection took place on Sunday at 10:30, where the incident was then closed, the spokesman said.

When contacted by letsrecycle.com, a spokesman for EMR confirmed that the fire started at the Swindon depot at close to 00:45 on Saturday morning at which point the company’s on-site teams then implemented an emergency procedure which included notifying the fire service.

Seven fire crews attended the site (Picture: Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service)

The EMR spokesman said: “The cause of the fire is yet unknown and we are working with the Fire Service and other bodies to understand the root cause. While we investigate the cause, we would like to apologise to the local community and businesses for the inconvenience this incident may have caused and would like to reassure them that we take our environmental, health and safety responsibilities very seriously.

“We can also confirm that, due to the hard work of our team at Swindon, the depot was back fully operational as planned from Tuesday morning.”

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