40 firefighters tackle 300-tonne waste blaze in East Lothian

40 firefighters are at the scene. Picture: George McLuskie
40 firefighters are at the scene. Picture: George McLuskie
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Around 40 firefighters are tackling a blaze in East Lothian with around 300 tonnes of waste alight.

Crews received a call to attend the Energy Recovery Facility in Dunbar at 2.36am on Tuesday.

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The fire was still burning at around 7am, with two lines of hose being used against the flames, a Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) spokesman said.

He also said 300 tonnes of waste was alight at the Viridor plant.

An hour later the SFRS issued a statement warning people that “large plume of smoke will be visible from a distance”.

It said: “Around 40 firefighters are currently at work tackling a large fire at an Energy Recovery Facility in Dunbar.

“SFRS mobilised a number of resources to the scene after the alarm was raised at 2.36am this morning.

“A large plume of smoke will be visible from a distance.”