Fire crews battle Lanarkshire waste facility blaze as thick smoke billows into sky

Fire crews are currently on the scene
-Credit: (Image: Matt McCulloch)

Emergency services are currently in attendance at a Lanarkshire waste facility after a blaze took hold earlier today (June 29).

Five Scottish Fire and Rescue Service appliances are on the scene at Greengairs Waste Facility on Meikle Drumgrae Road after they received reports of the inferno at 12.20pm.

People as far as Blantyre watched as thick black smoke flowed into the sky and residents as far as Livingston have complained on social media of a strong chemical burning smell in the air, believed to be related to the ongoing fire.

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A witness at the scene 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."

Images taken via drone show the colossal scale of the inferno at the facility, with crews seen shifting soil towards the raging flames in an attempt to put it out.

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A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We got a call today at 12.20pm to a fire on Meikle Drumgrae Road.

"We initially went to investigate and at the moment there are five appliances in attendance as well as a senior officer.

"EPA are in attendance also to evaluate the environmental impact."

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.

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