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Fire crews stand down following four day blaze at Scottish battery recycling plant

16 April 2024

Firefighters have stood down four days after attending an incident at a battery recycling facility in Kilwinning, Scotland on 8 April. At its height, around 40 firefighters and six fire engines were mobilised to the scene after the alarm was raised at a site operated by Fenix Battery Recycling.

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The blaze broke out at around 22:00 local time with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service urging residents in the surrounding area to remain at home with windows and doors shut. There were no reported casualties as a result of the incident.

Videos and images posted on social media showed a large blaze at the site with a dark plume of smoke rising into the night sky. Locals also reported several loud “bangs” throughout the incident. The fire service was part of a multi-agency response to the incident which also included the police, local council, NHS, Scottish Water, and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The fire continued for two days with the fire service urging residents to not be alarmed by an increase in smoke plumage as work commenced to full extinguish the fire. Area Commander Ian McMeekin, Local Senior Officer for East, North and South Ayrshire said on 11 April: “Firefighters remain at the scene of a fire within a recycling centre on Byrehill Place, Kilwinning. Two fire appliances are in attendance and work remains ongoing to gain full and safe access to the site to extinguish the fire.

"The fire is under control, and dampening down efforts are continuing. We continue to work alongside partners to minimise the disruption to the local community, and bring this incident to a safe conclusion."

Firefighters are expected to continue monitoring the site to ensure it continues to be safe. According to its website, Fenix Battery Recycling is the first UK based multi-chemistry battery recycling operation, which provides the infrastructure, resources and research and development needs to offer a complete recycling solution for all battery types.

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