Crews return to scene of recycling centre fire in Wretham, near Thetford, as ‘hot pockets’ reignite

The fire service at the scene of the fire at the Viridor recycling centre at Wretham. Picture: DENIS

The fire service at the scene of the fire at the Viridor recycling centre at Wretham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Fire crews returned overnight to the site of a huge fire in Wretham, which at its height was fought by 90 firefighters and burned at hot as 600°C.

Fire a Virador recycling centre in Wretham. Photo: Ryan Hancock

Fire a Virador recycling centre in Wretham. Photo: Ryan Hancock - Credit: Ryan Hancock

Two appliances from Thetford and East Harling returned to Viridor recycling centre, in Wretham, around 2.40am, after the last crew previously left the scene at around 10.30pm on Wednesday.

A Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they went back to put out 'a couple of hot pockets'.

Crews returned to their stations by 5.30am.

MORE: More than 90 fire fighters tackle huge 600°C blaze at Viridor recycling plant in Wretham, near ThetfordYesterday, 14 appliances were on the scene, including three from Suffolk, and firefighters were at the site for around 20 hours.


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Greg Preston, incident commander from Norfolk Fire and Rescue said firefighters initially used power tools to cut through the building's cladding and walls to gain access.

He said firefighters faced temperatures 'in the hundreds of degrees' inside the building.

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He said: 'It was very smoke-logged with high temperatures inside.'

WATCH: Incident commander says fire at recycling centre in Wretham, near Thetford will burn for several hours yetMr Preston said there was a large pile of waste on fire which had spread to the building itself.

He said there was no yet indication as to how the fire started. He said: 'There will be a full investigation into the incident.'

An ambulance crew was also on site, to ensure the welfare of the fire fighters.

And a spokesman from Pennon Group, which owns Viridor, said there were no injuries.

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