Hereford & Worcester

Fire destroys Stoke Prior wax-recycling centre

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Media captionHuge fire engulfs wax-recycling factory near Bromsgrove

A major fire has destroyed a wax-recycling company at an industrial estate in Worcestershire.

An onlooker said burning wax ran "like lava" from Valan Wax Products, on Saxon Fields Business Park in Stoke Prior, near Bromsgrove.

Sixty-five firefighters were sent to deal with the blaze, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said.

Flames and smoke were visible from as far away as Malvern and the M5, but no injuries have been reported.

The fire started at about 18:30 BST on Monday. Neighbouring workers were evacuated and some businesses were also damaged in the incident.

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Image caption Sixty-five firefighters were sent to deal with the blaze in Worcestershire

Darren Packwood, watch commander for the fire service, said the cause was still being investigated and firefighters remain at the site.

Kevin Pearson, who works nearby, said he could feel the heat from the fire.

"It was an absolutely huge fire. I've never seen anything as big as that," he said.

"The scariest thing was that you were seeing the wax running down, and it was alight.

"It was just spreading, and the firefighters had to stand there to fight it back and try and push the fire back towards the building.

"It was like lava flowing down towards the next business estate."

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Image caption The fire service and the Environment Agency attended the blaze
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Image caption Firefighters worked through the night
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Image caption The cause of the fire is being investigated
Image caption Neighbouring homes and properties were advised to keep windows closed
Image caption Smoke from the fire was visible as far away as the M5

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