Fire breaks out at Coffs Harbour's tip

THURSDAY 10AM: The Englands Rd waste facility has reopened after yesterday's fire.

A council spokeswoman said bin collections are also operating as normal.


WEDNESDAY 3PM: COFFS Harbour City Council has issued a statement on the blaze at the Biomass plant on Englands Rd.

The council says the fire is disrupting the council's local bin collection service, and landfill and recycling facilities are currently closed.

The council is using alternate regional waste facilities and there will be possible delays to local kerbside collections today.

Residents are asked to leave out any unemptied bins overnight for collection tomorrow.

"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and would ask that residents exercise patience. We will keep the community updated," the statement said.

1PM: SMOKE is billowing from a fire burning at Coffs Harbour's Resource Recovery Park.

The fire broke out about 11.40am at the Biomass Solutions Facility on the site.

The blaze originated from the general waste and green disposal area at the eastern side of the building.

Around 25 staff were evacuated to a nearby hill and watched on as emergency services responded.

The fire also spread to a filtration system that is used to aerate the facility.

Workers at the site said maintenance work - including welding and grinding - was taking place inside the facility this morning.

It's believed the fire spread within seconds.

The source of the fire is too early to determine but is under investigation by authorities.

Coffs-Clarence Police sergeant Lee Thomas said no one was injured during the incident.

Light winds shifted the smoke - visible from the Pacific Hwy - largely away from residential areas.

A Coffs Harbour City Council spokeswoman confirmed the facility would remain closed to the public today.

A course of action for exactly how the council will dispose of general and green waste is currently being assessed.


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