More smoke before blaze is finally out

This Is Wiltshire: The fire at Averies is now more than a month old The fire at Averies is now more than a month old

THE fire service has warned that the Averies Recycling blaze will be burning for several weeks despite progress in their efforts to put it out.

The blaze, which started on July 21, has seen firefighters working with Swindon Council, the Environment Agency, NHS England and Wiltshire Police to deal with the incident at the Marshgate site.

Due to a lack of space at Averies’ base there have been delays in extinguishing the fire.

Firefighters have been able to intensify their efforts since 1,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste was removed from the site.

Ian Jeary, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager, said: “We have diggers and excavators taking out parts of the waste stack that is on fire. We then have crews on site and four hoses putting out those chunks of waste which will be taken away also.

“This is a laborious and protected process but will get results. The public have been supportive to us as we deal with this issue and we’d ask the community to bear with us for the next couple of weeks. If this fire was in a non-populated area it would have been allowed to burn out which would have taken several months.

“We appreciate this cannot be allowed to happen and this is why we are dealing with the situation in an aggressive and proactive manner.”

The fire service has warned residents and businesses near to Averies that there will probably be an increase in smoke around the site as they step up their work to get the fire out.

The council and Public Health England will continue monitoring the air quality. Residents are asked to keep their windows closed whenever possible.

Mr Jeary said: “Our thanks goes to the public for their patience. On the surface, this might have looked like a simple operation but it is quite complex.

“Of course, we would have liked to have put the fire out many weeks ago but it just wasn’t as simple as putting water on it.

“The site was very congested and now that we have created space allowing us to attack the fire. We aim to get it out as soon as we possibly can.”

  • Anyone who is being affected by smoke from the fire is asked to seek medical advice by calling their GP or NHS 111.

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7:49am Thu 28 Aug 14

nato86 says...

C#@ts
C#@ts nato86
  • Score: 5

8:11am Thu 28 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

We must make sure we learn from this and ensure it doesn't happen again and those responsible should pay both financially and with their jobs if found to be at fault. This will be about 2 months before it is finally out and people can breathe again. Not good enough from all concerned.
We must make sure we learn from this and ensure it doesn't happen again and those responsible should pay both financially and with their jobs if found to be at fault. This will be about 2 months before it is finally out and people can breathe again. Not good enough from all concerned. house on the hill
  • Score: 25

8:48am Thu 28 Aug 14

umpcah says...

house on the hill wrote:
We must make sure we learn from this and ensure it doesn't happen again and those responsible should pay both financially and with their jobs if found to be at fault. This will be about 2 months before it is finally out and people can breathe again. Not good enough from all concerned.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH FROM ALL CONCERNED - Who can argue with that ?
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: We must make sure we learn from this and ensure it doesn't happen again and those responsible should pay both financially and with their jobs if found to be at fault. This will be about 2 months before it is finally out and people can breathe again. Not good enough from all concerned.[/p][/quote]NOT GOOD ENOUGH FROM ALL CONCERNED - Who can argue with that ? umpcah
  • Score: 19

9:39am Thu 28 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Utterly useless and incompetent from all concerned. I live 2 miles from it and it stinks where I am.
Do not allow cowboy firms to stock pile waste like this again.
Utterly useless and incompetent from all concerned. I live 2 miles from it and it stinks where I am. Do not allow cowboy firms to stock pile waste like this again. Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: -4

10:04am Thu 28 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

umpcah wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
We must make sure we learn from this and ensure it doesn't happen again and those responsible should pay both financially and with their jobs if found to be at fault. This will be about 2 months before it is finally out and people can breathe again. Not good enough from all concerned.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH FROM ALL CONCERNED - Who can argue with that ?
Who can argue with the first comment, to be fair.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: We must make sure we learn from this and ensure it doesn't happen again and those responsible should pay both financially and with their jobs if found to be at fault. This will be about 2 months before it is finally out and people can breathe again. Not good enough from all concerned.[/p][/quote]NOT GOOD ENOUGH FROM ALL CONCERNED - Who can argue with that ?[/p][/quote]Who can argue with the first comment, to be fair. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 10

10:10am Thu 28 Aug 14

nato86 says...

How did my comment get -7 likes in only stating what i heard countless people call them reeeeeeal taaalk
How did my comment get -7 likes in only stating what i heard countless people call them reeeeeeal taaalk nato86
  • Score: 7

11:27am Thu 28 Aug 14

trolley dolley says...

Everyone and I mean everyone should be shouting from the rooftops about the danger to health that has occurred from the release of toxins in the air over the last eight weeks.

Our local paid Guardian is the Lead Member for Health on SBC, what is he doing about giving advice to local people.

It will be too late to do this at a later date.

If there is no problem then he should stand up and say so. So far we have heard nothing.

How much it costs, who is to blame etc. can be dealt with later, but the young, old and people with breathing problems should be given reassurance now.
Everyone and I mean everyone should be shouting from the rooftops about the danger to health that has occurred from the release of toxins in the air over the last eight weeks. Our local paid Guardian is the Lead Member for Health on SBC, what is he doing about giving advice to local people. It will be too late to do this at a later date. If there is no problem then he should stand up and say so. So far we have heard nothing. How much it costs, who is to blame etc. can be dealt with later, but the young, old and people with breathing problems should be given reassurance now. trolley dolley
  • Score: 9

12:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Alan Bast*rd says...

Only down voted by 10. Have to up your game troll. Hahahaha
Only down voted by 10. Have to up your game troll. Hahahaha Alan Bast*rd
  • Score: -1

2:24pm Thu 28 Aug 14

princesshelen68 says...

OMG ....!! Just noticed that Averies have 'no shame' advertising for Waste Pickers at their Calne Aggregate site on universal jobmatch ...is he still going to be allowed to operate a waste business....surely not !!!....Do the residents of Calne really want Lee Averies to operate a business on their front door step ??!! ..What about the employees from Marshgate that he has still not had the decency to speak with and who are now forced to claim benefits .....Shame on YOU Mr Averies !!!!!
OMG ....!! Just noticed that Averies have 'no shame' advertising for Waste Pickers at their Calne Aggregate site on universal jobmatch ...is he still going to be allowed to operate a waste business....surely not !!!....Do the residents of Calne really want Lee Averies to operate a business on their front door step ??!! ..What about the employees from Marshgate that he has still not had the decency to speak with and who are now forced to claim benefits .....Shame on YOU Mr Averies !!!!! princesshelen68
  • Score: 4

2:27pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Trend says...

Was at Greenbridge this morning and the wind was blowing the smell straight into the retail park. My goodness is stank! Feel so sorry for the residents that have been living with this for over a month now.

Agree that action needs to be taken now to prevent this happening in the future, whilst it is foremost in peoples minds.
Was at Greenbridge this morning and the wind was blowing the smell straight into the retail park. My goodness is stank! Feel so sorry for the residents that have been living with this for over a month now. Agree that action needs to be taken now to prevent this happening in the future, whilst it is foremost in peoples minds. Trend
  • Score: 13

3:58pm Thu 28 Aug 14

trolley dolley says...

Just a thought, do toxins smell ?
Just a thought, do toxins smell ? trolley dolley
  • Score: 5

5:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

trolley dolley wrote:
Just a thought, do toxins smell ?
Yes. There are also some (eg. carbon monxide) that don't
[quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: Just a thought, do toxins smell ?[/p][/quote]Yes. There are also some (eg. carbon monxide) that don't Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

5:16pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Who is The Lead Member For Health at SBC? 🙊
Who is The Lead Member For Health at SBC? 🙊 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -2

10:47pm Thu 28 Aug 14

MrAngry says...

trolley dolley wrote:
Just a thought, do toxins smell ?
Cigarettes smell and they are full of toxins.
[quote][p][bold]trolley dolley[/bold] wrote: Just a thought, do toxins smell ?[/p][/quote]Cigarettes smell and they are full of toxins. MrAngry
  • Score: 2

5:40pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Waster1 says...

So when we see averies lorries driving around with skips full of waste, we can assume he's still trading and out of his swindon skips site by the council run hrc. Too many people not saying/doing anything. Lee Averies being one of them, wonder what he has to say now, apart from, "got away with it again"! Rogue trader is an understatement!!!
So when we see averies lorries driving around with skips full of waste, we can assume he's still trading and out of his swindon skips site by the council run hrc. Too many people not saying/doing anything. Lee Averies being one of them, wonder what he has to say now, apart from, "got away with it again"! Rogue trader is an understatement!!! Waster1
  • Score: 0

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