Public Information Notice
Ongoing fire incident at Glazewings site in West Dereham
Following a site meeting on Tuesday (16 August) at Glazewings, representatives from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, the Environment Agency, the Police and Norfolk County Council have issued an update on the situation at the recycling plant Glazewings in West Dereham as the fire is ongoing and likely to continue for the next couple of days.
- Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has been using sprays to mitigate the impact of the smoke plume, and this has resulted in a reduction in the amount of smoke coming from the site. The next steps will be to progressively excavate the burning material and extinguish it over the next few days.
- Air quality monitoring visits have been carried out at various locations since Saturday (13 August) and are set to continue.
- To date, local rivers and ground water have not been polluted. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the run-off.
- As a precaution residents in local villages downwind of the site should consider keeping windows and doors closed.
- Easterly winds are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday and on Friday and Saturday West Dereham will experience rain and potentially winds of up to 40-50 miles an hour which may impact on reinvigorating the fire.
- Anyone with health concerns is advised to contact their GP or contact the NHS 111 service out-of-hours.
Note to editors
This is a multi-agency response involving the following agencies:
West Norfolk CCG
Glazewings (waste management company)
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council
Norfolk County Council
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
Public Health England