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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackling waste fire in Lichfield

14/06/2017

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a fire at the former GKN site at Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield.

"Crews were faced with a large area of baled waste inside the building on fire. Crews have worked with emergency services to surround the fire, bring it under control and have prevented a significant part of the building and its contents being involved."

Director of Prevent and protect Glynn Luznjy

The emergency call was received at 7.22pm and at the height of the fire there were approximately 65 firefighters.

The fire has involved a warehouse storing in the region of 5000 tonnes of baled waste and the fire has involved approximately ten per-cent of this waste.

Eight fire engines, along with an aerial ladder platform, a high volume pump and a control support unit were sent to the incident. The crews came from Lichfield, Loggerheads, Wombourne, Stafford, Tutbury, Codsall, Gnosall, Uttoxeter, Stone, Hanley, Burton-On-Trent, Cannock, Barton-under-Needwood, Tamworth and Chase Terrace.

Director of Prevent & Protect at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Glynn Luznyj said “Crews were faced with a large area of baled waste inside the building on fire.  Crews have worked with emergency services to surround the fire, bring it under control and have prevented a significant part of the building and its contents being involved. 

“Firefighters have made excellent progress overnight and remain at the scene this morning, working hard to fully extinguish the fire. A multi-agency group has been on site overnight working together to mitigate the impacts of the incident on surrounding areas including road and rail infrastructure and the businesses adjacent to the building. We are still advising local people to keep windows and doors closed, due to the smoke, as a precaution.

“We’re disappointed that this is fourth waste fire we have had in the county in the past 12 months. We had risk assessed this site and we were able to put into practise a robust multi agency plan which has limited the impact of the fire.”

Three fire engines are currently at the incident and an investigation into the cause of the fire will commence this morning.

The emergency services advise:
•             People in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors keep doors & windows closed and check online and local radio for info/advice
•             Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed
•             Any smoke can be an irritant. If people need to be outdoors, they should avoid/limit time spent in areas affected by smoke and ash
•             Substances in smoke can worsen health problems like asthma and heart conditions so people should carry their medication if they are in areas affected by the smoke