AN investigation into a blaze at a Kidderminster wood processing plant has determined the fire was accidental.

Multiple crews from across the region were dispatched to M&M Timber wood processing plant in Clows Top on Thursday morning (January 10).

Firefighters worked through the night to bring the flames under control, using six fire engines, two water carriers, hose reel jets and breathing apparatus.

On arrival at the single-storey plant at around 2.30am, a 40m by 20m area was well alight, but crews quickly established that no people were in the building.

At the height of the fire, 30 crew members from four fire stations were in attendance, as well as firefighters from Shropshire Fire and Rescue.

In addition to the timber, risks included the presence of oxy acetylene cylinders, asbestos in the roof materials, and the structural damage of the fire.

An investigation launched to determine the cause of the fire has since concluded that the blaze was started accidentally.

A spokesman for Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: "Following an investigation, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue's investigation team can confirm that the fire at M&M Timber was accidental.

"It was caused by hot processes used in maintenance activities earlier on that evening."