Ten people living a recycling facility in Meppel were evacuated following a fire which broke out around 1 a.m. on Thursday. Fire fighters expect it will take all day to completely put out the blaze.
Translation by Traci White
It does not currently appear that anyone has been injured by the fire. The fire department dispatched four engines, several tankers and a ladder truck. The fire seems to have originated from a pile of wood and jumped to a nearby pile of tires.
Bluswerkzaamheden bij recyclingbedrijf Talen in Meppel
Blijf uit de rook! pic.twitter.com/KVQqesvnsG
— VR Drenthe (@VRDrenthe) November 1, 2018
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that other people living slightly further away from the site have been encouraged to keep their doors and windows closed and to turn off any ventilation. Jacco Rodermond of Safety region Drenthe says that the fire does not pose any further danger to people who have been permitted to remain in their homes.
The Talen recycling centre been cause for concern for locals and officials alike for a while. The municipality had fined them 10,000 euros on two separate occasions for violations include posing a fire hazard.
Several thoroughfares near the site have been closed to traffic, including the Steenwijkerstraatweg and a number of nearby bike paths. RTV Drenthe reports that a demolition company is helping the fire department to tackle the fire.
Photo source: Veiligheidsregio Drenthe Twitter