STANTON FIRE: Road re-opens

Operations at Stanton are being scaled down.
Operations at Stanton are being scaled down.

The fire service is scaling down its presence at the scene of a huge fire at Stanton today (Friday), which has burned for five days.

Low’s Lane was reopened yesterday evening as firefighters finally managed to bring the fire, at a recycling facility inside the former ironworks, under control.

At its height there were 60 firefighters from crews across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire at the scene and smoke had been continually billowing across a wide area.

Area manager Bryan Bennett said: “We have reached a point with the incident on Lows Lane, where we are happy to scale down our operations.

“Fire crews have worked extremely hard in arduous conditions to bring this large and complex fire under control.”

He said Derbyshire firefighters will remain at the scene for the next few days and reminded neighbours to continue to keep doors and windows shut if they are affected by the smoke.

Meanwhile the Environment Agency has been working to save more fish from dying in Erewash Canal, where oxygen levels have been running low.

This has been because of run-off from the fire.

The Canal and Rivers Trust has closed the Erewash Canal at Trent Navigation to prevent any potential discharge into the River Trent.