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Severe fire at Weir recycling site

Crews are tackling a “severe” fire at Weir Waste Services’ recycling site in the West Midlands.

Around 50 firefighters were called to the blaze, which started at about 10pm on 27 April and destroyed 200 tonnes of baled plastic and cardboard waste.

The fire involved 70% of Weir’s subsidiary building at its Trinity Road site in Oldbury, and the emergency services used a break to protect the main MRF.

Ten fire engines from West Midlands Fire Service tackled the blaze at its height, as well as two hydraulic platforms, three main water jets and a high-volume pumping unit.

The fire service said there was no toxic smoke produced from the fire but advised local residents to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution.

In the early hours, fire service station commander Wayne Little said: “One of our aims is obviously to save life but also property, and make sure that this business can be returned to normal as quickly as it can.”

After tackling the blaze through the night, crews scaled back operations but remained at the scene damping down hot spots. The electricity supply was isolated and all water run-off was contained.

An investigation is underway but the fire service told MRW it believed the cause was accidental.

Weir financial director Tony Veal said: “Our on-site security team was alerted by our heat activation and sprinkler system and immediately notified the fire brigade. Our automated recovery MRF was not impacted by the fire and a normal collection service resumed on Thursday morning.

“We would like to thank the fire brigade for the speed of response and their assistance in quickly extinguishing the fire. We would also like to apologise to local residents and business for any inconvenience caused.”

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