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Recycling firm praised over blaze

Operations at a recycling firm in Kidderminster have returned to normal after firefighters tackled a blaze at the site last week.

The fire, at Lawrence Recycling in Stourport Road, involved paper and plastic, and fighters with breathing apparatus as well as a specialist harzardous materials officer were called to get it under control.

Area commander Jon Pryce, from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS), said: “We arrived at the plant to find a deep-seated fire in a huge pile of waste materials awaiting recycling.”

Large amounts of smoke from the fire meant that nearby businesses were evacuated and roads were closed.

There were no injuries and the building being used to store the thousands of tons of waste material was unaffected by the fire.

HWFRS said that the recycling plant had an excellent safety record and that staff at the site assisted with the incident by using their machinery to help move waste material.

West Midlands Fire Service and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Environment Agency were also at the scene.

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