Firefighters tackle major fire at Mid UK Recycling plant in Lincolnshire

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Around 50 firefighters attended the blaze at Barkston Heath MRF

Around 50 firefighters have worked overnight to bring a fire under control at a Mid UK Recycling plant near Ancaster, Lincolnshire.

Crews were called at 1.30am this morning (14 September) to the Barkston Heath MRF to tackle the blaze, which saw the surrounding roads closed temporarily.

No injuries have been reported.

A MID UK Recycling spokesperson said: “We believe the cause may have been a lithium battery which has come in within the kerbside recycling materials we receive, but a full investigation will be carried out in due course.”

The fire was contained within the MRF and no stored waste materials were affected.

The spokesperson added: “Our immediate concern is with regards to the impact this incident has had on local residents and we would like to apologise to everyone who has been affected overnight and this morning.

“We will be working closely with the fire service to determine the cause and any lessons that can be learned going forward.”

The follows a string of fire-related incidents in recent years, including a small fire at the company’s Caythorpe MRF in July.

The waste management company was also fined £100,000 in June with fees of £50,000 for breach of environmental regulations following a fire at the Barkston Heath site in July 2015.

As part of the proceedings the company also agreed to pay up to £230,000 to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service to cover the cost of its services in dealing with the fire at the time.

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