Investigation launched into fire at Viridor plant 

An investigation is underway into the cause of a “large” fire at Viridor’s waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) reprocessing facility in St Helens, Merseyside.  

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service says it was called to the scene shortly after 9pm on Monday (13th April), and five fire engines attended.

The fire service said firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and ascended stairs to fight the blaze on the upper floor with a main branch hose and a high-pressure hose reel. 

Inside Viridor’s St Helens facility

There was “significant smoke in the area” and residents and businesses nearby were advised to keep windows and doors closed.

By 22:45, the incident was “sectorised”, and the fire was suppressed and contained to a small area.   

Fire crews stayed on site until 12.20am to monitor the situation. The fire service said that early indications suggest the fire was accidental

‘No injuries

A Viridor spokesperson told “There were no injuries and no significant damage to the recycling facility. The cause of the fire is being investigated and the Environment Agency has been notified. Viridor is grateful to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for its assistance.” 

The fire service reported the fire to be 100 x 50 metres.


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