Newark: Investigation into large industrial waste fire

An investigation into the cause of a large industrial waste fire in Nottinghamshire is due to begin.

The fire and rescue service reported multiple crews were at the scene of the blaze in Northgate, Newark on Trent, at 15:00 GMT on Saturday.

A huge plume of black smoke could be seen from several miles away as about 200 tonnes of recycled plastic burned.

People were told to stay away from the area and to keep windows and doors shut.

Fire and smoke in Newark
People were told to avoid the area and keep windows and doors closed

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had six fire engines, a welfare unit and command unit at the scene.

Police said their officers were also involved and were assisting firefighters.

An onlooker reported being able to feel the heat from the blaze and that ash was falling from the sky.

Aftermath of fire in Newark
The fire service said it would be working with partners to determine the cause of the blaze

Firefighters began dampening down the scene at about 18:00 GMT.

Soon after, the service reported it was scaling down the operation and that the last crews were expected to leave at about 22:00 GMT.

It added it would be working with partners to determine a cause of the fire in daylight hours.

Fire and smoke in Newark
A large plume of black smoke rose into the sky above Newark

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