Brentford recycling centre fire: The blaze hits M4 traffic

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Are industrial fires on the rise? A large fire coated the skies of the M4 yesterday afternoon. The thick smoke from the recycling centre in West London billowed across the M4 yesterday causing major delays.

The fire started around 12:09 GMT.  It took around 80 firefighters to combat the fire in Trafford Avenue, Brentford, with reports of delays eastbound on the M4. The smoke could be seen from Heathrow Airport about six miles away!


Local residents were advised to minimize exposure to the smoke as much as possible.

“Crew are working hard to get the fire under control.

This is likely to be a protracted incident though and we would advise people living and working nearby to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution because of the smoke.”

– Station manager Jerome Kumedzin

The fire crews were also called out to deal with a large fire at an industrial unit in London yesterday morning. Around 70 firefighters tackled the fire in Bernard Road, Tottenham, near Seven Sisters Station. The fire fighters said the source of the fire is unknown but it was under control by 14:21 but the roof and ground floor remained damaged.

At least half of the Tottenham building caught fire in the blaze, but there are no reports of injuries at either site.

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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment, Richard Benyon, has revealed that in his years the average rate of fires at waste and recycling works came in at ‘just under’ one per day.

According to the statistics, 2001 was the best year recorded with 246 fires, whilst 2011 was the worst with 425 fires investigated by the Environment Agency.

The average for the 12 years was 335 fires per year, which means that statistically a fire takes place every 0.92 days at an English recycling or waste management facility. With regular fires occurring across the UK in industrial environments, passive fire protection is a valuable investment.

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