UPDATE: Burgess Hill recycle centre ‘open as usual’ despite blaze

Fire at Burgess Hill recycle centre.
Fire at Burgess Hill recycle centre.

A recycle centre in Burgess Hill which was badly damaged during a blaze last night (Thursday August 4) is ‘open as usual’, the council has said.

Dozens of firefighters spent seven hours tackling the fire at Burgess Hill Household Waste Recycling Site, in Fairbridge Way.

The fire service said the blaze broke out at 8.15pm in a pile of domestic waste inside the 75m by 25m building.

Fifty per cent of the building was damaged by the flames while the rest was damaged by heat and smoke, a spokesman said.

The site was evacuated and no-one was injured.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “Initial predictions were that the site would be closed to the public today but due to the hard work by West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews overnight the site has been assessed as safe for the public to use.

“Mid Sussex District Council has advised that residents’ refuse and recycling will still be collected, although collection times may be slightly later than usual.”

The residual waste storage area, where the fire is believed to have started, will remain closed, the spokesman added.

The blaze was extinguished at 9.30pm but crews remained at the scene dampening down until 3.30am today.

Firefighters said it is being treated as an accident.

Crews along with the Environment Agency and Viridor’s UK compliance team, which runs the site, are conducting a review into the cause.

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