Airdrie residents urged to keep windows closed after huge blaze at waste centre

Fire crews are still on the scene of a blaze which took hold of a Lanarkshire waste centre yesterday afternoon (June 29) and have urged nearby residents and motorists to keep their windows closed.

Emergency services rushed to Greengairs Waste Facility on Meikle Drumgrae Road, in Airdrie, at around 12.20pm.

Six fire appliances were scrambled to the area in an effort to calm the inferno. There is still one crew at the scene.

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A witness told Glasgow Live: "It's massive. There are ground crews that work at the waste site, tipping soil over the flames to put it out."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have urged nearby motorists to ensure their windows remain closed, the air conditioning is off and air vents are shut.

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Those living in the east of Scotland have been told to keep their window and doors closed. This comes after people as far as Edinburgh reported smelling burning chemicals in the air.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "Firefighters are at the scene of a fire near Airdrie. Residents nearby and in the East of Scotland are advised to keep windows and doors shut.

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"If travelling through smoke, motorists should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed."