Arsonists strike at Newcastke recycling plant
AN INVESTIGATION was due to get underway after arsonists set fire to a waste recycling plant.
Around 25 firefighters spent several hours tackling the flames at Cherry Hill Skips, off Talke Road, High Carr, Newcastle, tonight.
They found a large amount of timber was alight after being alerted by a member of the public at around 6.40pm.
The business was expected to be open as usual tomorrow.
Station manager Ian Housley paid tribute to two employees who used a digger to move materials away from the blaze which involved a five-metre squared pile of timber.
He added: "Thanks to the help of the employees it meant there was minimal impact to the business. We believe the fire was started deliberately. We will work with the owners to support the business to offer site security and fire safety advice.
"Places like this are commercial properties and shouldn't be entered without authorisation."
Crews from Newcastle, Sandyford, Cheadle and Kidsgrove attended and one is expected to remain overnight to dampen down the area.
A spokesman for the firm said: "We would like to thank the fire service for their help and support they have given us which means we can operate as normal today."