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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Cause of Lichfield waste fire has been revealed

14/06/2017

A fire investigation has concluded the fire at the former GKN site at Crossfield Industrial Estate in Lichfield was caused deliberately.

"It is extremely concerning that this fire was caused deliberately and we will be working closely with Staffordshire Police as they carry out their investigations. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact them."

Station Manager Bob Preston

The emergency call was received at 7.22pm on Tuesday June 13 and at the height of the fire there were approximately 65 firefighters tackling the blaze. A joint fire and police fire investigation was concluded on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire involved waste which was stored in bales within the building on Crossfield Road. There were around 5,000 tonnes of waste in the building but the fire itself only involved approximately ten per cent of the waste.

Station Bob Preston said: “It is extremely concerning that this fire was caused deliberately and we will be working closely with Staffordshire Police as they carry out their investigations. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact them.

“These fires take up considerable time and resources. If so many of our firefighters are at these incidents they are not available to respond to other emergencies.

“It is also very disappointing to see another large fire involving illegal waste in Staffordshire. This is the fourth incident of its type in the last 12 months.

“We had already visited and risk assessed this site. Thanks to our planning work with partner agencies we were able to put our robust multi-agency plans into action and limiting the scale and impact the fire had on the surrounding community and transport network.

“We are still advising local people to keep windows and doors closed, due to the smoke, as a precaution.”

“There are still crews at the scene continuing work to put out the fire and we expect to have firefighters at the incident for the next few days.”

The emergency services advise:
•             People in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors keep doors & windows closed and check online and local radio for info/advice
•             Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed
•             Any smoke can be an irritant. If people need to be outdoors, they should avoid/limit time spent in areas affected by smoke and ash
•             Substances in smoke can worsen health problems like asthma and heart conditions so people should carry their medication if they are in areas affected by the smoke