Chichester tip fire 'under control' as firefighting efforts continue

Firefighters are continuing their work to extinguish a large fire at a Chichester tip which broke out yesterday evening.

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019, 7:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd April 2019, 9:07 am
The fire at the tip near Chichester last night

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called to a large fire at Westhampnett amenity tip in Stane Street, Chichester, at 8.25pm.

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Large fire in Chichester

Four engines and an aerial ladder platform were sent to the scene, the spokesman said.

Crews worked throughout the night to tackle the fire.

This morning, two crews remain at the scene.

The spokesman said the incident had been scaled down but said: "It's still smoking a lot, it's still going."

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

The fire at the tip near Chichester last night

A fire service spokesman said on Twitter this morning: "Crews are still on the scene of the fire at Stane Street, Chichester.

"It is under control but is likely to burn for a number of days.

"The site is closed to the public for the foreseeable future."

This morning, a spokesman from Petworth Fire Station advised that residents kept their doors and windows closed.

The fire raged throughout the night

A spokesman wrote on social media: "Over night the crew of Petworth fire station were alerted to attend a fire at the community waste recycling facility in Chichester.

"The incident is still ongoing with a large volume of rubbish burning.

"We recommend that local residents keep doors and windows closed.

"The facility will remain closed today as the fire fighting efforts continue."

Smoke could be seen from miles around
Four crews were called to the scene