UPDATED: 45 firefighters called to major fire in Dorchester

UPDATED: 45 firefighters called to major fire in Dorchester

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:31am 26th February 2020. (Updated at 11:13am 26th February 2020)

Firefighters have been tackling a major blaze involving 60 tonnes of scrap metal in Dorchester.

Crews from Dorchester, Weymouth, Bere Regis, Bridport, Poole, Wareham and Beaminster were all called to the recycling centre in St George's Road at 3.44am this morning. (26 February)

There was a large smoke plume in the area as crews battled to bring the blaze under control.

A total of 45 firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze.

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Dorset Council say the Recycling Centre is now back open and operating as normal today.

Station Manager Graham Kewley who is investigating the cause of the fire said:

"At this stage we believe the fire to be accidental and the most likely cause was from a battery which had short-circuited within an electronic device.  

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind the public that when they are disposing of electrical items which contain batteries, that these are removed from the device before taking to scrap metal sites.

"Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are working with the Environment Agency and site operators to prevent this type of fire and reduce the impact on the environment."