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- Stourport road has now reopened.
- It was due to remain shut overnight but following a further assessment the road closure was lifted by police and traffic is returning to normal.
Police are continuing to liaise at the scene with the fire service.
A diversion has been in place around the Birchen Coppice estate but traffic has been very heavy and conditions made more difficult by poor visibility due to thick smoke from the plant combined with fog.
Police are urging motorists to avoid the area if at all possible.
Stourport Road will remain closed overnight.
Fire at Kidderminster under control but Stourport Road remains closed, likely to be so into evening. Diversions round Birchen Coppice estate— @wmerciapolice 12 December 2012
Kidderminster, photo of fire at Lawrence Recycling on the Stourport Road today http://t.co/bSLBEuJa— @thetomstokes 12 December 2012
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said the recycling plant had an excellent safety record and staff at the site assisted with the incident by using their machinery to help move waste material.
People who have been evacuated will not be able to return to their properties until the heavy smoke clears.
Area Commander Jon Pryce from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We arrived at the plant to find a deep-seated fire in a huge pile of waste materials awaiting recycling.
"The fire is now under control but we expect crews to remain at the site for some while yet.”
He confirmed there were no injuries as a result of the incident and that the building being used to store the thousands of tons of waste material was unaffected by the fire.
He explained that the incident had generated a large quantity of smoke which, due to the foggy weather conditions, had not dispersed.
This led to several nearby business premises being evacuated as a precautionary measure and advice being issued to those living or working nearby to keep their doors and windows closed.
Fire crews are still at the scene damping down.
Incident room opened in #kidderminster to coordinate response to fire at Lawrence Skip Hire http://t.co/RMhQ5YwS— @SCDavis_WMercia 12 December 2012
We're working with @HWFire trying to prevent contaminated fire water escaping from Lawrence Skip Hire #kidderminster— @DaveThroupEA 12 December 2012
Stourport Road is still closed and is expected to remain closed until the early evening.
Firefighters now have the fire under control.
THIS is the scene of the fire at Lawrence Waste Recycling Centre. http://t.co/huO9MmwD— @KiddiShuttle 12 December 2012
Community Housing Group staff have had to evacuate from their offices, in Stourport Road.
They have relocated to the Hoo Farm Industrial Estate.
All repair calls should be unaffected.
the group's freephone number - 0800 169 5454 - will be manned at the new location.
People are being asked to avoid the Stourport Road area due to local traffic congestion and thick smoke, made worse by the foggy weather conditions.
Those living nearby are also advised to keep windows and doors closed until the fire is brought under control.
Some local residents are being evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Ten fire crews are using three main jets as they tackle the blaze in some recycling material inside a large (250m x 100m) recycling plant at the site.
Firefighters are still tackling the fire.
AN investigation will be launched into the cause of the fire.
Graham Silk, health and safety officer for the recycling centre, said it was not yet known what had caused the blaze, adding no-one was injured.
"There's no missing people," he said. "Everyone got out within three minutes.
"There is nothing toxic but the environmental teams are here just incase."
Please avoid the Stourport Road in Kidderminster due to a severe fire at Lawrence Recycling. Thick smoke reported - close windows and doors— @HWFire 12 December 2012
Roads are chaos by Lawrence's on stourport road!! Believe there is a fire!!! Police are closing roads— @Karen_Haynes 12 December 2012
Shuttle reporter Becky Carr, who is currently at the scene, said the air is filled with "thick" smoke.
David Perry, of printing firm Stargold Ltd, in Stourport Road described how he saw smoke billowing from the the recycling centre.
Nine fire crews from Kidderminster, Stourport, Bewdley, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Upton, Tenbury and Worcester have been scrambled to the scene.
A hazardous materials officer, a Command Support Unit from Shropshire and a further fire appliance from Stourbridge, also attended.
Residents have been told to close their windows and doors as fire crews tackle the blaze.
Police have closed parts of Stourport Road between the Oldington Road traffic lights and the Loom and Shuttle pub.
Traffic is being diverted around Walter Nash Road.
No-one is believed to have been injured in the blaze.
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