Blaze at Barking recycling plant sparks investigation

TONNES of recycled waste were damaged when a fire swept through a recycling plant in Barking.

Twenty firefighters from Barking and Plaistow stations spent nearly five hours tackling the blaze at Shanks Recycling plant in Jenkins Lane.

Site manager Iain Pirie said: “At around 2am in the morning our internal fire alarm went off and our automated fire system sprayed the area with foam and water.

“There is no damage to the facilities but 15 tonnes of waste was damaged because it was saturated with water and foam.”

The fire brigade was called at 2.52am and the incident was under control by 7.14am.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.