Woodchip pile on fire in Nelson

Firefighters are at the scene of a fire in a large woodchip pile at Nelson Pine Industries, on the outskirts of Richmond.

Southern Communications fire shift manager Andrew Norris said workers at the Lower Queen St premises phoned the Fire Service about 12.25pm.

He said the fire was well involved and was about 30 metres by 40 metres in size.

Norris said three tankers were dousing the fire with water.

The pile of woodchips appeared to be smouldering rather than shooting flames, he said.

The Press