26 Nov 2012
A wood recycling plant which went up in flames in Hertfordshire earlier this month has owners with a history of disregarding fire safety laws, according to BBC London.
An investigation by the broadcaster discovered Adrian Lupson and EQ Waste Management, which was located on the same site as the recent incident, were fined for three offences pertaining to the accumulation of dangerous amounts of waste in 2000.
Five years later, another property run by Lupson and his brother Simon was set ablaze when wood caught fire. The blaze was deemed accidental, but officers from the London Fire Brigade found a number of serious safety hazards.
The latest fire began just before midnight on Saturday, November 10 at Wood Recycling Services Ltd in Potters Crouch between St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.
The Environment Agency has expressed concerns that “smoke from a fire at the site could cause a risk of serious harm to human health”.
Copyright Press Association 2012