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Firefighters tackle wood recycling blaze

Fire-fighters in the Midlands are still on site today after spending the weekend tackling a fire that broke out at A&A Recycling’s wood recycling plant in Meriden on Friday evening.

At its height 16 appliances and 80 fire-fighters were on site on Friday but the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) said that this number had halved to eight appliances and 40 firefighters by Saturday.

When they arrived the fire-fighters were confronted with around six tonnes of burning woodchip in what was described as a “very large, very severe fire”.

WMFS told MRW they expected to be on the site for another two to three days. A high volume pumping unit and two engines were on the site as 10 stacks of wood chips are left to burn under supervision.

A spokesman said that the incident was “a big fire that required lots of resources and a lot of mobilisation”.

A&A Recycling has said that the Meriden site will remain closed until the damping down procedure is complete, but its facility at Bentley will remain open for A-Grade wood only until then.

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