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Massive blaze at Lawrence Recycling in Kidderminster - live blog
Updated 4:37pm Monday 17th June 2013 in Local
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- Blaze at Lawrence Recycling, in Stourport Road, broke out yesterday at about 5.30pm.
- Fire fighters working through the night say they have brought the fire "under control".
- Police say fire is being treated as "unexplained rather than suspicious".
- Residents being urged to keep windows and doors shut and will see smoke plume for a week.
- Roads re-opened but commuters face delays.
We are continuing to use heavy machinery at #Lawrence's to create a fire break and remove burning material along with 6 water jets— Grant Wills (@HWFireGCWills) June 17, 2013
fire @ Lawrence's Recycling Kidderminster . . . still burning nearly 24hours later pic.twitter.com/oe0VIzMUKj— ShadyAdey (@ShadyAdeyUK) June 17, 2013
Firefighters are still at the scene in Stourport Road battling the Lawrence Recycling blaze.
At its peak, 100 firefighters were in attendance with 15 appliances yesterday.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service area commander Jon Pryce said he expected about 30 to 40 firefighters to be at the scene throughout the week.
Resident Alan Gordon sent in this snap of the smoke billowing through the air.
Picture taken of the fire yesterday evening
Latest pic of the fire at Lawrence recycle centre in Kidderminster pic.twitter.com/M20NDShXEn— Mr Happy Staffie (@markrhannaford) June 16, 2013
Debbie Byrne, operations director of OGL Computer, which has an office next to the site of the fire in Stourport Road, said it was of "concern" that it is the second fire at Lawrence Recycling since December last year.
She said: "The fire has created some inconvenience to the company, however, with the implementation of some contingency planning we have managed to keep disruption to a minimum and all our staff have managed to access our offices this morning as normal.
"It is of concern that this has been the second fire in 6 months, particularly considering our proximity to the site but I am sure this is being reviewed by the relevant authorities."
Incredible video sent into us via our facebook page from reader Justin Kelly:
Wyre Forest District Councillor Conservative Stephen Clee has paid tribute to the emergency services for their work at the Stourport Road fire.
He said: "This was a major local emergency and all public service personnel that fought the blaze together with council workers need to be thanked for there determination to get this blaze under control.
"Disruption was minor and it's great all local businesses and schools have opened this morning. Well done all."
More pictures have been added to our photo gallery click here
The Shuttle's twitter followers - @ksshuttle - have been on top form last night and this morning tweeting us their pictures of the blaze -
There was a meeting on site at Lawrence Recycling this morning with Commanders to plan the way forward for the fire. 7 pumps still there.— HWFire (@HWFire) June 17, 2013
We are now using heavy machinery to drag out burning material which will help cut down on the smoke, if you're near you'll notice— Grant Wills (@HWFireGCWills) June 17, 2013
Wyre Forest Community Housing Group, which has two buildings next to the site of the fire in Stourport Road, has relocated its customer service staff.
Fiona Law, marketing manager at Wyre Forest Community Housing group said: “We put our emergency procedure straight into place so we can continue to provide service to our customers and tenants.
“We’re spread across three different locations. We’ve still got our normal repairs service.
“Fortunately, we haven’t got any smoke coming into the main headquarters Foley Grove.
“Community House is right next to the site and there is smoke in the building there. I don’t think the fire crews would be happy for us to be on the site anyway.
“Our staff have relocated from Community House to Foley Grove or to Hoo Farm Industrial Estate. We’ve just moved our customer service centre and if people can work from home, they are.
“We’ve got a good plan in place. We want to make sure we keep things going and that is what we’ve been able to do.
“We’re keeping in touch with the fire service, police and Wyre Forest District Council.”
As well as pictures we have also had plenty of videos sent to us including this one from Jamie Haden:
This week is the 10th anniversary of National Recycling Week.
Lawrence Recycling was due to run an initiative with Worcestershire high schools until Friday to get students thinking about their waste and if it can be re-used or recycled.
11:01am Mon 17 Jun 13
I have read most of the comments since yesterday & it's so sad to see the lack of support for a hard working local run family business. People see business think - money! It's so sad, I hope everyone involved is ok, employees, the family and the firefighters. Does anyone in there wright mind really think anybody would want this to happen?? Talk about kicking someone when there down! Wheres the local support.
This is an incredible picture from the Environment Agency from inside the building showing the challenges the emergency services are facing ...
Working next to the massive fire in Kidderminster. Fantastic— WezDavies ♕ (@wezdavies) June 17, 2013
Roads were re-opened in Kidderminster this morning after being closed last night.
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People have reported seeing the fire from as far as Stourbridge and even Malvern.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service area commander Jon Pryce said the building is "starting to collapse."
He added that it is a metal frame building and the heat from the fire is affecting it.
Shuttle readers have been sending us their photos of the fire which could be seen all across Wyre Forest and beyond.
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Shuttle reporter Becky Carr says small explosions can still be heard at the scene.
Lawrence Recycling managing director David Lawrence says he is "devastated" by the fire.
West Mercia Police superintendent Kevin Purcell has told Shuttle reporter Becky Carr the Health Protection Agency, Environment Agency, Wyre Forest District Council, Worcestershire County Council, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police are all working together on this "major incident".
He said police believed the building - Bay Three - was "unoccupied" at the time the fire broke out. Authorities do not yet know the cause of the fire but are treating it as "unexplained" rather than suspicious.
Meeting on site with Commanders to plan the way forward for the fire at Lawrence's #kidderminster this morning
Hereford and Worcester fire and rescue service area commander Jon Pryce has told reporter Becky Carr that people who are worried should "keep their windows and doors shut" but added the wet conditions were helping the situation by lifting the smoke plume and dispersing it.
Our reporter Becky Carr is live at the scene and says about 40 fire fighters are still tackling the fire. She has been told Wyre Forest residents will likely be able to see the smoke for the next week.
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ROAD closures have been lifted in the area surrounding a large fire at a Kidderminster industrial estate.
The blaze at Lawrence Recycling, in Stourport Road, broke out yesterday in Vale Industrial Estate at about 5.30pm.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have got the blaze under control but are still at the scene to dampen down.
All schools in the area are open as normal although residents are still being advised to keep doors and windows closed due to the large amount of smoke which is covering the area.
Health agencies are advising anyone who has a pre-existing medical condition and is concerned about their condition to contact their GP or NHS Direct.
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