Crews tackle fire at Lafarge works

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FIREFIGHTERS battled a blaze at Lafarge cement works last Wednesday after fire broke out in a concrete bunker.

The alarm was raised just after 12.30pm and on arriving at the Dunbar plant, firefighters discovered a well-developed fire in the bunker containing around 50 tonnes of rubber tyre chips.

The burning chips gave off a toxic black smoke so nearby residents were warned to keep their windows and doors closed until the flames were extinguished. Fortunately, no-one was required to be evacuated as the smoke was blowing over the working quarry area rather than surrounding houses.

Crews battled into the night to bring the fire under control and at the height of the blaze eight fire appliances were in attendance as well as supporting command vehicles and a height appliance from Edinburgh.

There were no reported injuries and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service have yet to confirm what caused the fire but a spokesperson for Lafarge said the firm would be carrying out a full investigation.