Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster recycling plant fire shuts roads

The fire scene
Foggy conditions in the area were thought to have made it difficult for the thick smoke to clear

Buildings were evacuated and roads closed after a large fire broke out at a recycling plant in Worcestershire.

Fire crews were called to Lawrence Recycling, in Stourport Road, Kidderminster, at about 10:50 GMT.

At its height, 15 fire engines were called to the blaze. Thick smoke was reported in the area and residents were urged to keep windows and doors shut.

There were no reports of any injuries. The fire closed a half-mile section of Stourport Road, but it later reopened.

Foggy conditions

West Mercia Police said smoke blowing across the road had seriously affected visibility.

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service said the blaze had been brought under control at about 15:00.

At the height of the fire, 15 fire engines were called to tackle the blaze

A spokesperson said some residents had been evacuated from their homes as a "precautionary measure".

The fire service said the thick smoke in the area had not lifted because of the foggy weather conditions.

The spokesperson said the blaze had involved paper and plastic materials being stored ready for recycling in a large warehouse at the site.

The fire also led to several offices, including the Community Housing Group, based in Foley Grove, being evacuated.

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