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Fire crews tackle recycling waste blaze in Knight Road, Strood

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Firefighters fought to extinguish a major blaze in Strood for six hours on Sunday night.

They were sent to the scene in Knight Road at 4pm on Sunday afternoon after the blaze broke out at a recycling centre. Around 300 tonnes of waste were ablaze and 20 firefighters were on the scene at the height of the incident.

The scene of the Strood blaze. Picture via @kent_999s
The scene of the Strood blaze. Picture via @kent_999s

Four fire engines and two water pumps were sent to the blaze.

At 6pm crews were using two hose reels jets, a hydrant, a water unit and were working with site personnel, who used a mechanical excavator to create a fire break to prevent the fire spreading.

Strood watch manager Martin Simmons believed the fire was caused by "spontaneous ignition", brought about by decomposing waste.

The fire also destroyed a surrounding wall at the centre.

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