Eight fire engines tackle blaze at Elstow waste management site

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The fire in Elstow

A large fire broke out at a waste management site in Elstow on Saturday morning (6 August), requiring eight fire engines to put it out.

Around 60 tonnes of household waste at the Veolia Waste Management Site in Elstow near Bedford caught fire in a 100x50metre building.

In a statement, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called [at] around 9.20am on Saturday to a large fire at Veolia Waste Management Site in Elstow, Bedford.

“Eight fire appliances from Potton, Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Kempston, Harrold, Bedford and Ampthill as well as from neighbouring Cambridgeshire were in attendance.

“24 firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled the fire using four monitors, four jets, two hose reels, plant machinery, an aerial appliance and a drone.”

Fire crews carried out a re-inspection at 7pm and used a hose reel and mechanical digger to deal with a remaining hot spot.