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Fire crews remain at the Pepperhill Household Waste and Recycling Centre, in Southfleet

Firefighters are still at the scene of a blaze at a tip in Southfleet this morning.

Crews from across the area were called out to the Pepperhill Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Saturday evening after the fire broke out.

It is understood it started about 6.30pm in a single-story industrial building at the site in Station Road, Southfleet.

An aerial view of the fire. Picture: Matt Joners (1588502)
An aerial view of the fire. Picture: Matt Joners (1588502)
Smoke billowing from the fire at Pepper Hill recycling centre, picture Jon Brook
Smoke billowing from the fire at Pepper Hill recycling centre, picture Jon Brook

Huge plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing from the waste centre.

Yesterday, the fire service was warning that smoke was still drifting across the A2 and reminded drivers to take care going past the site and to adhere to any speed restrictions put in place.

Kent Highways said Station Road (the B262) was likely to remain closed all day, between the junction with Park Corner Road/Westwood Road and the Hall Road/New Barn Road roundabout adjacent to the A2 but by the evening all routes had reopened.

At one point eight fire engines, a bulk water unit and a hight vehicle were at the scene but now just one crew remains to keep watch. They are due to hand over to another crew this morning.

Crews were tackling the fire wearing breathing apparatus.

Saturday evening saw people living in the area being asked to keep their windows and doors closed due to the amount of smoke in the area.

Speaking yesterday morning a KFRS spokesman said: "Overnight there have been eight fire engines in attendance with periodical relief crews from various stations across the county ensuring crew welfare, in addition, resources including a bulk water unit, height vehicle and drone have been used to assess and tackle the fire.

"Crews have used various firefighting equipment to tackle the fire including wearing breathing apparatus for safety from the smoke and using ground monitors, water jets and cold cut firefighting system.

"We currently have six fire engines in attendance and smoke continues to come from the site which is going over the A2 carriageway we would like to reassure the public that our crews are still in attendance and are dealing with this incident but to please adhere to the temporary speed restrictions on the A2."

It is not yet known what started the fire.

Dartford council has warned residents that the damage caused may impact kerbside collections.

The extended journey times involved in transporting waste further afield may lead to delays.

Residents are advised to put out their bins on normal collection day.

The council are working with waste contractors, Amey, to ensure any issues are dealt with as quickly as possible.

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