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Large fire in Kidderminster

Crews could remain at the scene of a fire at a Kidderminster recycling plant for days. The large fire broke out at the Lawrence Recycling centre. Emergency Services were called to scene at 5:30pm on Sunday June 16.

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No risks to health following Kidderminster fire

One fire engine and one pumping unit are still on the site of a fire which broke out a recycling centre in Kidderminster on Sunday 16 June. It will take several days to extinguish it completely.

The Environment Agency says they have detected no raised levels of hazardous material in the smoke coming from the site, but that people should continue to keep doors and windows closed as any smoke is an irritant.

We are aware there have been claims about longer term health risks to residents affected by the fire, from chemicals such as dioxins. The clear scientific advice, based on experience gained from numerous fires worldwide, states that, in relation to this fire the levels of such chemicals released over the time it has burnt and may continue to burn, do not pose any significant short or long term risk to the health of residents.

– Dr David Kirrage, West Midlands Health Protection Team

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