Latest on Leicester recycling plant fire that burned for 18 hours

The cause of a major building fire in Leicester over the weekend is still unconfirmed, as one of the 14 crews despatched to the scene remain onsite to “monitor” the situation.

Residents were urged to stay indoors after the fire broke out at recycling plant, Enva, in Wesley Street in the Belgrave area of Leicester on Saturday (December 4).

The blaze, which broke out just before 5pm, led to 14 fire engines from across Leicestershire rushing straight to the scene.

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A spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue has confirmed to LeicestershireLive that one pump is still in attendance to monitor the situation, but “good progress” has been made.

The officer confirmed that refuse has been moved from the site and no further resource is required at the scene – however the cause is still under investigation.

The severity of the blaze led to urgent calls from fire chiefs for the public to stay indoors and keep their windows closed.

At the height of the flames, a number of support vehicles, water carriers and a welfare unit were also deployed to the recycling plant. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) was also sent to the scene.

Firefighters remain at the scene of a large fire the Enva recycling facility on Wesley Street , Leicester
(Image: Leicester Mercury)

A spokesperson for Enva confirmed that nobody was injured in the incident and passed on their thanks to all who attended to help.

They said: “The fire which broke out at our Wesley Street recycling facility in Leicester on Saturday has now been extinguished.

“There were no casualties and we are working with the relevant authorities to identify the cause and assess the damage.

“Our team were on site over the weekend developing and implementing plans for securing the affected areas which will allow us to continue collection services.

Firefighters remain at the scene of a large fire the Enva recycling facility on Wesley Street , Leicester
(Image: Leicester Mercury)

“We will endeavour to divert waste managed at the Wesley Street site to our Colwick and Whetstone facilities and customers should not experience any significant service issues.

“We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue and the other emergency services who attended.”

Cadent and Western Power Distribution were in attendance to isolate gas and electricity supplies as the flames raged through the night with people urged to avoid the area.

Firefighters remain at the scene of a large fire the Enva recycling facility on Wesley Street , Leicester
(Image: Leicester Mercury)

Breathing apparatus and an aerial ladder were used by crews to tackle the flames, with the main fire contained by Sunday morning, with only small pockets of fire remaining.

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed at the time structural checks had taken place to ensure the integrity of the plant building was safe.

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