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Waste fire on Nottinghamshire border continues into 10th day

A fire at a waste centre across the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border has continued into a 10th day worrying residents.

Lincolnshire firefighters were called to the waste centre – on Fen Lane, Long Bennington, near Grantham – in the early hours of Tuesday, September 21 but it continues to burn.

As reported by Lincolnshire Live, Paul Jarram, who lives near the site, criticised how the fire was being dealt with a controlled burn and has set up a petition to get the sit cleared and the fire put out quicker.

Mr Jarram, 71, said it was “extremely dangerous” to leave it to burn and that it could cause “serious breathing problems”.

But Dan Moss, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s area manager, has defended the decision to tackle the fire in this way.

He said: “Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have continued to visit the site at Fen Lane to monitor and control the waste fire.

“We have trialled other methods, including applying foam, to extinguish the fire, however this had little impact on the fire.

“We are still acting on advice of professional agencies to allow the fire to burn out under control with the least impact on residents and the environment.

“We will continue to monitor the site with daily inspections and will increase visits and deploy additional resources as required and when site conditions change.”

Mr Jarram, who set up a petition calling for the site to be cleared, said: “The decision has been made to keep the fire burning as a controlled burn.

We are talking about hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste.

“They have no idea how long it could take [to burn out].

“So far it has been burning for 10 days and the people downwind in places such as Claypole, Stubton and Fernwood have been suffering for 10 days.

“I have an air quality monitor and it’s showing me the millions of particles in the air – it’s extremely dangerous.

“The immediate effects are real, serious breathing problems.”

Mr Jarram claimed he had been told it could take “months” for the fire to burn out.

He said: “That is why this petition has been set up. The only thing that is stopping the extinguishing of these fires is finance.

“They need the type of foam that is used on aeroplanes or smother it in gypsum.”

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