Quick-thinking refuse collection crew avert bin lorry fire in Worthing

Released: Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Residents are urged to carefully dispose of household batteries after a fire broke out in an Adur & Worthing Councils bin lorry this morning.

Quick-thinking bin crew emptied the contents of the lorry into the road to prevent the vehicle from catching alight after noticing the blaze while on their daily rounds.

Christchurch Road in Worthing had to be closed for several hours while the fire was extinguished by crews from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Teams from the council also cleared the rubbish from the road.

No one was injured in the fire and the truck suffered minimal damage.

The cause of the fire is believed to be a household battery, which ignited after being thrown out with general waste.

Household batteries are among a number of items, including gas canisters and paint tins, which are considered a major fire hazard and should not be put into the general waste and cannot be recycled. Instead, they should be taken to the recycling sites in Worthing and Shoreham where they can be disposed of carefully.

A spokesperson for Adur & Worthing Councils said:

“Old batteries thrown out in the household waste can be extremely dangerous, which is why they need to be disposed of properly at recycling sites or in battery collection bins at major shops.

“Thankfully the bin crew were able to take swift action to prevent a fire in the lorry, which could have resulted in far more serious consequences.”

Photos: The quick-thinking bin crew emptied the contents into the road to prevent a lorry fire. Christchurch Road in Worthing had to be closed for several hours while the fire was extinguished by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Teams from the Council then cleared the rubbish from the road

PR21-169 - West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service extinguished the fire in the rubbish

PR21-169 - West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service extinguished the fire

PR21-169 - teams from the council cleared the rubbish from the road

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