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00:06 01/07/10

Fire at Garforth waste site

Wastecare, Wakefield Road, Garforth Leeds

The company specialises in handling hazardous waste and "difficult" non-hazardous waste that cannot be put in a landfill site. This includes chemicals, batteries, fluorescent tubing, vegetable oils, printing and photographic, dry cleaning, electrical, catering, packaging and toxic waste. South and North Yorkshire along with Foam from Greater Manchester Fire Service assisted West Yorkshire appliances at the incident.
  The fire was stopped from spreading to a nearby sorting office and  residential properties. The crews used water jets and foam attack.The fire service said three firefighters were admitted to hospital for a check-up. The blaze had been brought under control by 1300 BST.Guests at the Holiday Inn spent the night at other hotels and houses in Hawthorn Terrace were evacuated.All major roads that converge on the Garforth roundabout, including the A63 Selby Road and A642 Wakefield Road, were closed.
There were approximately 24,000 litres of alcohol in tanks at the centre which started the fire.

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