Big blaze at recycling plant
AN arson attack at a plastic recycling company next to the Bristol to Bath Railway Path sent a huge column of smoke into the skies above East Bristol.
Firefighters from five different fire stations were called in to tackle the blaze at the Toucan Environmental base on the Bridge Road industrial estate between Soundwell and Mangotsfield.
The fire affected around 300 containers on the site, which specialises in reconditioning integrated bulk containers and plastic drums.
An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said firefighters from as far away as Avonmouth and Yate were called in.
They needed breathing apparatus as they tackled the blaze and both Bridge Road and the cycle path were temporarily closed, although police said the smoke was not toxic.
Firefighters also used booms to stop and chemicals from running off into nearby drainage systems.
The spokesman confirmed that the fire was being treated as deliberate.
Afterwards Toucan Environmental managing director Alex Duck said the fire had caused “huge damage”.
Speaking on Facebook, he said: “Thanks for everyone’s concerns this afternoon reference the fire in my yard. It was arson and we have very good CCTV of the two kids involved. It’s going to take a couple of weeks to get back to normal which we will. Huge damage but no one hurt thank goodness. “Feel very sick.”