Large Fire at Cooking Oil Recycling Factory
Fire crews from Stourport and Kidderminster were first to arrive at Pelican Foods in Barracks Lane, and finding a severe fire at the unit, they immediately requested extra resources.
At the peak of the incident, there were 70 firefighters using 10 fire appliances to tackle the blaze, which involved around 60 tonnes of waste oil and 500 litres of kerosene. HWFRS’s aerial ladder platform and its high volume pumps were also used and its Command Support Unit and Environmental Protection Unit also attended along with a specialist Hazmat (Hazardous Materials) Officer.
Crews worked throughout the night to bring the fire under control and the Service issued its stop message at 8.20am this morning (Tuesday 21 May).
Group Commander Mick Cadman from HWFRS said: “Our initial objectives were to prevent the fire spreading to other buildings located just a metres away from the factory and to limit the impact of the fire on the environment and the local community, and this was achieved, thanks to the hard work of all the crews involved and the support of our partner agencies.”
He explained that the Environment Agency attended, and with their help and the specialist resources used, crews managed to prevent the oil from the factory and the water and foam used in firefighting from entering the river nearby. West Mercia Police also attended and assisted with the evacuation of some local residents to a rest centre organised by Worcestershire County Council. West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended.
He confirmed that the incident has now been scaled down but that fire crews remain at the site, damping down. There is also a small cordon still in place, although roads were re-opened as quickly as possible to minimise the impact on other businesses in the area.
Fire investigation is expected to take place later today.