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Recycling and EfW firm hit by fire

rabbit recycling fire

Firefighters have contained a blaze at a building containing more than 500 tonnes of woodchips owned by Rabbit Waste Management.

Up to 10 West Sussex Fire Service engines were sent to the site in Lancing, near Worthing, after receiving more than 20 emergency calls in the early hours of 11 June. The incident has now been scaled back.

The fire service described the affected building as “containing more than 500 tonnes of wood chippings used for recycling”.

A statement from the fire service on social media said: “Fire believed to be accidental but an investigation is ongoing to determine most probable cause. Crews on scene for the day.”

Rabbit Waste Management specialises in construction and commercial waste. It also runs an energy-from-waste facility that incinerates up to 60,000 tonnes of waste a year.

A statement from the firm read: “We can confirm that a fire broke out at our facility in Lancing in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 11th June.

“Nobody has been injured and the company’s emergency procedures were followed by on-site staff.

“The fire service attended and brought the fire under control, and will continue to stay on-site until they are satisfied the fire is completely out and there is no chance of it reigniting.

“We would like to thank the fire service for their rapid response in bringing the situation under control.”

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