Massive fire at Hessle plastics factory

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A huge fire which broke out at a plastics factory near Hull yesterday afternoon has been brought under control, the fire service has said.

The blaze in Saxon Way, Hessle, sent plumes of thick smoke spreading across the city.

A number of houses and other buildings in the area were evacuated and residents were told to keep windows closed.

There are no reports of any casualties and fire officer Phil Leake told the BBC firefighters had remained overnight.

He added: “The problem with it is that the roof has collapsed. It’s a deep-seated plastic fire so it is going to take us some time to extinguish.

“But we’re hoping we could lift some of the cordons and, more importantly, get some of the public back into the properties as soon as we can.”

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said a total of 14 appliances were called to the factory just after 4pm yesterday. Teams from the police and ambulance service also attended.

“Gillian Barley, emergency control centre manager and head of revenues and procurement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We are monitoring the current situation and assisting residents in the Hessle area.

“We continue to work with our emergency partner agencies to ensure all residents, particularly our elderly and vulnerable residents, are cared for and supported.

“Our care providers are working with families to ensure everyone in the area is safe.”

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