Hereford & Worcester

Worcester industrial estate fire 'major incident'

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A fire at a warehouse at an industrial estate in Worcester was declared a "major incident."

Ten fire crews tackled the blaze at a 200,000 sq ft (18,580 sq m) warehouse belonging to delivery company Arrow XL on the Blackpole East Industrial Estate since 08:35 BST.

Normally there would be 150 to 200 staff on site at any one time, the firm said.

All colleagues had been accounted for and were safe and well, it added.

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It said its "disaster recovery plan" was in place and the building had been evacuated.

In a statement, the company said plans were "being finalised for our customers to move operations from Worcester to a group owned site".

The Worcester hub, which has been operating since 1994, handles deliveries for Midlands and South West and is one of four hubs and 17 satellite bases.

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Image caption Emergency services were called to the scene at just after 08:30 BST

Earlier Supt Kevin Purcell, from West Mercia Police said it was at the scene of a "significant fire" where it was helping Hereford and Worcester fire service with road closures.

He said: "The fire has been declared a major incident.

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Image caption Emergency services were called to the scene at just after 08:30 BST
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Residents were also advised to keep doors and windows closed.

An eyewitness who works for Arrow XL said: "It's a devastating day for all for us.

"I was just driving in so I couldn't get in so it's a bit upsetting and obviously we hope everyone's safe which we think they are."

Crews from Worcester, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove, Malvern, Pershore, Droitwich, Evesham and Ledbury fought the fire.

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