Hereford & Worcester

Stourport-on-Severn cooking oil recycling centre catches fire

Firefighters tackling the blaze
The fire burning at its height
Inside the recycling centre during the fire
The scene on Tuesday morning

Seventy firefighters have been tackling a fire at a cooking oil recycling centre in Worcestershire.

About 500 tonnes of kerosene and 60 tonnes of waste oil were at Pelican Food Services at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate in Stourport-on-Severn.

A number of people living nearby have been evacuated from their homes.

Ten appliances were sent to the scene after the fire service was called to Barracks Road site at 22:20 BST on Monday.

Rest centre

The "large" fire was contained within a single unit on the estate and there were no reported casualties, West Mercia Police said.

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Media captionTen fire engines were sent to the scene (pic: West Midlands Ambulance Service)

Residents went to a rest centre but were allowed to return home by 07:00 as the fire was under control.

Other people were advised to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.

Several roads were also closed for several hours but have since reopened.

Group commander Mick Cadman said: "The Environment Agency were on site very quickly...and they've been on site pumping away some of that waste now so it doesn't leak into the nearby river.

"We've been able to contain all the water run off and any hazardous products and that's been pumped away by the Environment Agency."

Crews are expected to remain at the site for some hours while investigations at the scene are completed.

Dave Throup, from the Environment Agency, said it appeared the environmental impact of the fire had been minimal.

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