FIRE crews were still at the scene of a warehouse blaze yesterday more than 30-hours after the fire broke out.
Flames ripped through the roof of the huge building on River Lane, Saltney shortly after 8am on Tuesday.
Horrified workers watched as tonnes of recycling waste went up in flames, and onlookers said it was as if the warehouse was melting before their eyes.
Crews from across the region were called to tackle the blaze and yesterday officers were still in attendance.
Fire chiefs warned the salvage mission was likely to be a lengthy process.
In a statement released yesterday afternoon, Ian Williams, of North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are dousing the shredded waste with water and using mechanical diggers to drag the waste from the building, allowing us to dampen down the materials.
“We are working closely with Natural Resources Wales to ensure environmental protection procedures are in place.
He added: “Due to the quantity of material involved in the fire, this is expected to be a lengthy process.
“Residents and visitors to the area do not need to be alarmed as the fire is under control and we have the resources in place to manage the incident effectively.”
The site is thought to be owned by Lancashire Fuels 4U and it is still unclear whether anyone was at the site when the fire started.
David Lee, environmental management team leader for Natural Resources Wales said: “Our officers are continuing to work with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the site owners to minimise the environmental impact on the nearby River Dee.
“A very small amount of fire water – the water used to fight the blaze – is entering the Dee but the small volumes means any impact will be minimal.
“There may be local impacts in the area such as a smell of smoke and some discolouration of water but again these are minimal and will have little or no impact on the environment.”