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Serious fire at battery recycling plant will not stop service

Waste battery collections will continue despite a serious fire at G&P Batteries recycling plant in the West Midlands, which needed more than 80 fire fighters to fight the height of the blaze. Explosions were heard from the site and a 200ft (61m) cordon was put around the G&P battery recycling plant in, Darlaston, the West Midlands, by the West Midlands Fire Service.

A Fire Service spokesman told MRW people living near by were told to stay in their homes due to noxious fumes. Fire crews are still fighting the fire which started on Tuesday evening and efforts to dampen the flames are expected to continue throughout Wednesday and into the night.

The Fire Service spokesman said: Current indications are that the fire started accidentally.
The presence of unknown gas cylinders has prevented fire crews accessing the site, so they have had to work from outside. There has also been a partial building collapse, making the site very dangerous.

In a statement G&P Batteries said: Currently, we are unable to access the premises until the fire authorities authorise us to do so. Therefore we have been unable to assess the full extent of the damage.

However, our fleet is unaffected and waste battery collections are continuing today and as soon as we are allowed to re-enter the premises, business will continue.

Image: WRAP's Chris Davey and G&P Batteries' Michael Green as they launched the Batt Box, a new office battery collection scheme, last year.

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