Update: Firefighters looking through CCTV to discover cause of Grundon blaze in Ewelme + Videos and pictures

The fire at Grundon, taken by the NPAS police helicopter

The fire at Grundon, taken by the NPAS police helicopter

First published in Wallingford Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor

FIRE investigators are today looking through CCTV to discover what started the blaze at the Grundon waste depot in Ewelme.

About 75 firefighters - including crews from Banbury, Berkshire and Banbury - tackled the blaze at the depot in Goulds Grove for almost six hours last night.

Incident commander Nigel Wilson said it was not yet caused the fire, nor exactly where it started.

However, it is understood the fire started outside and then spread to a sorting building.

It was in an area where hazardous chemicals are stored and a plume of smoke rose high over the site, sparking a warning to people living up to 10 miles away to close their doors and windows.

Mr Wilson said: "It was a fairly substantial fire.

"I would not like to speculate on the cause. Investigators have got CCTV of the entire site and at some point today will establish where the fire started and what caused it."

Firefighters were alerted at about 7.20pm and Mr Wilson said: "The fire was brought under control at about 1am and we had a position where I was comfortable we had put it out by about 3am."

Mr Wilson expected firefighters would leave the depot at some point today.

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A 200-metre safety cordon was put around the depot during the fire.

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12:17pm Mon 23 Jun 14

King Joke says...

THe story above this blamed the blaze on 'hot weather'... it was 22 C for God's sake, that isn't hot!

It's a worry if a moderately warm summer's day can trigger a factory blaze.
THe story above this blamed the blaze on 'hot weather'... it was 22 C for God's sake, that isn't hot! It's a worry if a moderately warm summer's day can trigger a factory blaze. King Joke
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10:31pm Mon 23 Jun 14

OxfordLad30 says...

King Joke wrote:
THe story above this blamed the blaze on 'hot weather'... it was 22 C for God's sake, that isn't hot!

It's a worry if a moderately warm summer's day can trigger a factory blaze.
If the air alone got hot enough on a summer's day to start a fire, then we'd be in a lot of trouble!

You have clearly failed to consider the power of the sun and that it's a place where hazardous waste is processed.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: THe story above this blamed the blaze on 'hot weather'... it was 22 C for God's sake, that isn't hot! It's a worry if a moderately warm summer's day can trigger a factory blaze.[/p][/quote]If the air alone got hot enough on a summer's day to start a fire, then we'd be in a lot of trouble! You have clearly failed to consider the power of the sun and that it's a place where hazardous waste is processed. OxfordLad30
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