Huge fire at Crawley waste site affects 40 tonnes of rubbish

Firefighters battled through the night to control a large fire at a waste site in Crawley.

Saturday, 18th July 2020, 10:03 am
Firefighters at the scene in Crawley

Fire crews were called to the blaze at the Household Waste Recycling Site in Metcalf Way, Crawley, in the early evening.

Residents were advised to keep windows and doors shut where possible to avoid the smoke.

Crews from Crawley, East Grinstead, Petworth and Reigate attended the scene.

They were soon joined by three additional teams from Haywards Heath, Horsham and Turners Hill.

Officers used 40 sets of breathing apparatus, three main jets, two hydrants and two monitors to help them extinguish the fire, which was affecting 40 tonnes of waste, a spokesman said.

A stop notice was issued on the incident at 6.55am today.

One crew will return to inspect the site this morning.

A county council spokesman said the Household Waste Recycling Site at Crawley would be closed this weekend as a result of the fire.

“We will release more information about reopening as it becomes available,” the spokesman said on Twitter. “Please do not visit the site until further advice has been issued.”

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