Fire at household recycling site

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene of an ongoing fire at the Household Waste Recycling centre at Westhampnett near Chichester.
Fire crews were alerted to a fire at the site at 8:25pm on Tuesday 2 April. On arrival, crews found a developing fire in the main building of the centre. At the height of the fire four fire engines and the aerial ladder platform were at the scene.
Crews remained on the scene overnight and in to today.
The cause of the fire is unknown and there have been no reported injuries.
Following consultation with the Environment Agency it was decided to allow the fire to burn in a controlled way and not use water, in order to prevent pollution to local water courses. This is being kept under close review.

The Westhampnett Household Waste and Recycling site is closed for the next few days at least and we ask residents in the Chichester area to avoid using any site if possible in the meantime.

If necessary, the nearest alternative sites are Bognor Regis, which will be open seven days a week for the time being, Worthing, Billingshurst and Littlehampton. Please note Bognor is not able to accept trailers.
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