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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Environment Agency protecting fish following Kidderminster fire

The Environment Agency has been on site since Sunday:

  • Containing the fire-fighting water on site and preventing it from escaping into the nearby canals and rivers.
  • Using aerators to restore oxygen where contaminated water did escape into the waterways.
  • Moved 300 fish to healthier water upstream in the centre of Kidderminster.

Severn Trent have also confirmed that drinking supplies have not been affected by the fire.

The Fire Service and the Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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


Battle to prevent polluted water escaping site of Kidderminster fire

Fire at its height Credit: Penny Smith

There are still about ten crews on the site, where there is a thick pall of smoke hanging over the area, although the fire has been brought under control.

Residents living near the plant in Stourport Road in Kidderminster, have been advised to keep doors and windows closed although the burning waste itself is not toxic.

At one point the huge column of smoke could be seen up to 30 miles away.

One major concern is that the water being used to fight the fire could run into the nearby canal carrying toxins from the waste.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters bring large fire at recycling plant under control

Firefighters have brought a large fire at a Kidderminster recycling plant under control after tackling the blaze for over 14 hours.

Roads around the Stourport Road site have been reopened though firefighters remain at the scene to dampen down.

The police are advising residents to keep doors and windows closed due to the large volume of smoke Credit: Penny Smith

Residents in the area are being advised by Hereford and Worcester Fire Service to keep windows and doors closed due to the large amount of smoke.

Anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition and concerned about their health is being advised by health agencies to contact their GP or NHS Direct.


More than 50 firefighters still tackling Kidderminster blaze

Lawrence Recycling Centre on Stourport Road in Kiddemrinster Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

More than 50 Firefighters are still tackling a blaze at a recycling plant in Worcestershire. They were called out to Lawrence Recycling on Stourport Road in Kidderminster last night.

Residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed because of the smoke. It follows a fire at the same plant in December

This morning a spokeswoman in the control room at Herefordshire & Worcester Fire and rescue service said fire crews will be at the recycling plant 'for some time'.

The service says it will release a more detailed update sometime this morning.

Police assisting fire service with large fire in Kidderminster

Road closures are in place in the Kidderminster area due to a large fire at the Vale Industrial Estate. The blaze is at a recycling plant and is spreading smoke across a large area.

The fire service are at the scene tackling the blaze and police are assisting with road closures and any evacuation of homes and buildings which may need to take place.

Anyone living in the area is asked to keep doors and windows closed.

– West Mercia Police spokesperson
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