Fire is out after two months

Fire at recycling facility, Stanton-by-Dale.
Fire at recycling facility, Stanton-by-Dale.

A fire which started inside the former Stanton Ironworks eight weeks ago is finally out, the fire service has said.

The blaze, in a pile of 7,000 to 8,000 tonnes of timber, started on September 15 at Arcwood Recycling.

At its height, 60 firefighters from crews across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire tackled the fire as smoke poured across the M1 and forced Low’s Lane to be shut for several days.

As the fire was still smouldering four weeks on, Derbyshire fire service and other agencies including Erewash Borough Council and landowners Saint-Gobain decided to bury the wood pulp in specially prepared pits.

The fire service announced on Thursday that it was finally out.

Arcwood was evicted from the site by Saint-Gobain last month as the fire service continuesd its investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Despite an ever-present smell of smoke, residents were told there was no danger to their health but were asked to keep windows and doors shut during the worst periods.