Fire breaks out at Beddington waste transfer station

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The fire as seen by a nearby resident
My husband is a shift team leader at VIRIDOR and he has just phoned me and has said everyone at the ...

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Black plumes of smoke were spotted at the Beddington Lane transfer station in Sutton, South London yesterday.

Four fire engines and 35 firefighters arrived at the scene of the Viridor site at 10.45am having received multiple calls from worried residents.

The waste transfer station receives waste from Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton.

Viridor staff used site machinery to relocate waste material and give fire fighters better access to the source of the fire.

The fire was extinguished last night (Wednesday 10 July) with the fire service having left the site by 8pm.

A Viridor spokesperson said: "There were no injuries and no risk to public health and the EA has been informed.

"The cause of the fire has not been identified but waste site operators know that it is most likely attributed to lithium ion batteries. These batteries are the main cause of waste site fires."

Waste deliveries were diverted away from the site during fire-fighting efforts but have now resumed.

The facility has been built next to a landfill site, which closed earlier this year.

Viridor is currently restoring the site to become a nature reserve.



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My husband is a shift team leader at VIRIDOR and he has just phoned me and has said everyone at the site is safe and accounted for and the fire crews are doing a great job, Hopefully the fire will be put out soon .
I know all the lads will be doing everything they can to do just that.

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