Belfast waste plant blaze: Emergency service efforts continue battling fires

Belfast waste plant blaze: Emergency service efforts continuing to extinguish fires

Emergency services continue to battle a fire in a waste disposal plant (stock photo)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Emergency services are continuing to battle a fire on a waste recycling plant in Northern Ireland, which could take up to 24 hours to be fully extinguished. 

The Wastebeater Recycling plant on Blackstaff Road, on the Kennedy Way industrial estate, caught fire yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), the alarm being raised at 16:00 BST.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said a large quantity of waste caught fire, the blaze spreading across 120m and reach up to two floors in height. 

At the height of the fire, 12 fire engines and 75 members of the fire brigade were battling the flames, and a steady evacuation ensured all workers at the facility were accounted for.

A spokesman for Wastebeater gave a statement which said: "We acknowledge the inconvenience caused to local people and we will do all that we can to minimise disruption over the hours and days ahead.

"We have contingency plans in place to deal with any major incident and those plans were activated immediately."