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Park Street fire - latest advice and updates

Public Health England advice

Opening windows and doors

Public Health England (PHE) is advising residents in Kidderminster outside of the cordon of the fire that it is safe to open their windows and doors for ventilation if required.

Schools are advised that they can now open doors and windows to increase ventilation according to their COVID-19 risk assessment.

People with respiratory and heart conditions, are reminded, as a precaution, to keep their medication to hand when going about their daily business.

Cleaning up any areas affected by the fire

Although toxins or contaminates from plastics should have been eliminated as they burnt, PHE have cautioned that any particles, ash and soot included, can possibly be an irritant. Therefore, precautions should still be taken when dealing with soot and debris.

PHE’s advice is to:

  • Remove small areas of fine debris/soot wearing rubber gloves, wiping the surface first with a dry cloth. A damp cloth can then be used to remove any remaining remnants. The waste, including gloves, should then be bagged and binned in the normal way. Hands should be washed with soap and water.
  • Care should be taken when clearing large and sharp debris. Wear rubber gloves and bag and bin the waste as above.
  • Soot can be safely washed off vehicles and outdoor furniture by using a fine water spray.
  • Fruits and vegetables grown in the garden should be washed and peeled before they are consumed. 

PHE would not expect there to be a significant risk from short-term contact with soot in gardens.

Anyone who feels that are suffering adverse effects to their health due to the fire should contact their GP.

Mental health support

Download mental health support in Herefordshire and Worcestershire pdf leaflet from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.

For more information, support and guidance visit Now we're talking.

Clean-up operation

We're co-ordinating the clean-up operation. If anyone has any concerns regarding the clean-up they should contact 01562 732528.

Free bulky waste collections

We’re offering free bulky waste collections to anyone affected by the Park Street fire in Kidderminster who has smoke damaged goods.

To book a collection, please call our business support unit on 01562 732528.

When talking to our team over the phone you will need to give them your home address, details of the smoke damaged goods and to help the team when collecting, be able to leave them at a collection point we can easily access.

The Community Housing Group tenant?

If you are a tenant of The Community Housing Group and have been affected by the fire, please contact the customer service centre on 0300 003 5454 and ask for David Jones, Housing Manager.

Road closures

Wood Street and Park Street is now open. Park Lane remains closed.

For the latest on road closures please visit Worcestershire County Council's website.

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