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Lithium ion battery most likely responsible for last year's fire at Guernsey Recycling

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A lithium ion battery, possibly from a States-owned recycling site was responsible for last year's fire at Guernsey Recycling, a report has found.

Written by Chief Fire Officer Jon Le Page, the 19-page report into last August's blaze sets out 14 recommendations on how to prevent a similar incident occurring again.

"Last August's fire pushed the Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service to its limits," he said. "Major incidents of this nature are, thankfully, rare in Guernsey, so it is important that when they do occur, we thoroughly review what happened to both prevent a repeat and ensure the response plan incorporates any lessons learned."

"I am pleased that the majority of the recommendations included are already being worked on. While there are critical points made in the report, including ones I have directed at the GFRS, nothing can or should detract from what was a highly successful operation to extinguish a major fire in challenging circumstances. I am extremely proud of each and every one of the firefighters, and extend my thanks once again to all those who contributed to the operation on the day."

Guernsey Recycling Managing Director Michael Grime said:

"Following the fire at Guernsey Recycling's scrap metal yard at Bulwer Avenue last summer, the management team has been working hard with authorities and interested parties to understand the causes of the fire, and how to mitigate the risk of such a fire occurring again in the future.

"We wish to thank again the professional and stoic work of the Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service, who worked tirelessly with our own courageous staff to get the fire under control as quickly as possible. We are extremely grateful to them for all their support following the fire, and the support they continue to give us. We are working together, consulting on our site management and site safety to make sure that we work as safely as possible.

"We are also working closely with International Fire Consultants Ltd, the industry-renowned expert on fires in the waste sector, and one of the main authors of the Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum Guidelines."

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Report on Guernsey Recycling Fire 2018 Guernsey Recycling Fire - Extra Statements

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