Authorities are addressing fears of toxic air and polluted water following the Hessle factory fire

Officials are monitoring streams near a Hessle plant that was destroyed in Wednesday’s inferno as they also moved to reassure the public about toxins being released into the air.

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that it has begun water sampling after the fire at Bridgewood UK’s plastics factory, which sent thick smoke flags high into the sky over Hull and forced dozens of residents out of their homes.

Meanwhile, the UK Health Safety Agency said the risk of toxins in the air is now “low”.

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Water in at least one home on Southfield Drive turned brown and smelled “like metal” during the fire, according to a concerned resident.

This is not connected to wastewater from the emergency services, which were allowed to enter the nearby Fleet Drain with permission from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.



Yellow water from a household faucet in Southfield Drive, Hessle
Yellow water from a household faucet in Southfield Drive, Hessle

The agency said it was working with others today to ensure the safety of streams close to the factory, which are almost completely destroyed. Click here to see dramatic images of the devastation.

Jason Kirby, interim director of people at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Local residents are still advised to keep their windows and doors closed, but the risk is now incredibly low.”

A spokesman for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency said: “The Danish Environmental Protection Agency is part of an effort from several agencies to the fire in Hessle.

“At the moment we are on site and monitoring any impact on the watercourse as the work to extinguish the fire is underway.

“We expect to take samples from the local stream later today.”

Sir. Kirby said firefighters had made “significant progress” in fighting the blaze overnight, praising the “exceptional work” of crews from Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

“There were 300 tons of plastic involved in the fire as the main fuel. Fire-fighting foam has been applied to this,” he said.



A resident shared a scary picture of their home surrounded by flames
A resident shared a scary picture of their home surrounded by flames

– The source of the fire is still too early to say. Fire investigators are on the scene and will investigate over the next few days. “

Residents reported hearing explosions “every 10 seconds” immediately after the fire, with lumps of material falling from the sky.

Kirby explained how the fire service worked closely with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency from the beginning of the emergency.

“There was a plan agreed with EA right at the beginning to deal with both the runoff of water that was used to fight the fire and the emissions from it,” said Mr.

“It was a kind of trade-off between the two because there was a higher risk from the fumes, so the decision was made to let some of the water go into the Fleet Drain and then out into the Humber.

“It was judged to be the best option because there were relatively low levels of pollution in the water, and EA acknowledged it after seeking advice.



Jason Kirby, interim director of human resources and development at Humberside Fire & Rescue
Jason Kirby, interim director of human resources and development at Humberside Fire & Rescue

“It allowed us to concentrate on fighting the fire and reducing the black cloud of smoke that everyone saw.

“It also gave us the time we needed to prepare for the foam attack, which in turn was part of an agreed plan with EA.”

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Smoke thickening near Humber Bridge

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