UPDATE: Fire crews from across Staffordshire battle plastics recycling centre blaze

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A blaze at a plastics recycling plant in Stoke-on-Trent is still raging with fire crews across the county drafted in to join police and Environment Agency at the scene.

The fire started at Hanbury Plastics Recycling Centre on Redhills Road, Milton, earlier this morning (February 5).

Two specialist teams are now at the scene including a high volume pump and an aerial ladder platform that enables fire crews to fight the fire from above more safely.

Six fire engines are also attending the scene to assist with the blaze, including teams from Sandyford, Newcastle and Leek fire stations.

Chief Constable Nick Adderley, of Staffordshire Police, said more than 20 officers and PCSOs are assisting the fire crews with “significant resources”.

Residents living nearby are being advised to keep doors and windows closed due to smoke spreading from the plastics on fire.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue said this is a “precautionary measure”.

blaze at plastics recycling centre in Milton“There is a lot of smoke being emitted from the incident and going into the atmosphere,” said Rob Barber, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Social media has seen pictures of the smoke being seen from as far as Sudbury in Derbyshire, nearly 25 miles away.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue also confirmed they had more than 78 calls in just 10 minutes to report the incident.

The Environment Agency is currently at the scene to help contain the area.

“We are currently working with other agencies to try and limit the environmental impact to the surrounding areas,” said an EA spokeswoman.

“However, until we can get closer to the scene and get the bigger picture, we won’t know what that impact is.”

Redhills Road and the nearby canal towpath are currently closed.

Police are urging people not to phone for updates. They also confirmed they don’t believe anybody was at the site when the fire broke out.

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