A fire at a Mid UK Recycling facility in Barkston may have been caused by a lithium battery, according to the company.
A spokesperson for Mid UK Recycling said: “Fire crews were called to our Barkston Heath Materials Recycling Facility at 1.30am this morning (Friday 14 September) after we discovered a fire on site.
“The fire was contained within our MRF. No stored waste materials were affected and, due to the fire breaks we have in place, the fire did not spread to any other units.”
“At the moment we believe the fire started on a waste processing line. 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 our MRF. No stored waste materials were affected and, due to the fire breaks we have in place, the fire did not spread to any other units.
“The fire service has been working throughout the night to bring the fire under control. Our immediate concern iswith 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.”