Fire at ArrowXL hub in Worcester

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Fire crews have been fighting a major fire at the Worcester hub of ArrowXL, the two-man home delivery specialist.

In a statement, the company said its disaster recovery plan is in place.

“The 200,000 sq ft building has been evacuated and all colleagues have been accounted for and are safe and well, with the safety of our staff being our number one priority.

“Equally, plans are being finalised for our customers to move operations from Worcester to a group owned site.”

There are some 150 to 200 staff are based at the Worcester hub at any one time, which handles deliveries for Midlands and South West.

Supt Kevin Purcell of West Mercia Police said: “Officers from West Mercia Police are at the scene of a significant fire on Blackpole industrial estate where they are assisting Hereford and Worcester Fire Service with road closures.

“The fire has been declared a major incident.

“Significant road closures are in place and we advise drivers to avoid the area and residents to keep their windows and doors closed.”

ArrowXL’s Worcester hub has been operating since 1994. It is one of four hubs and 17 satellite bases. ArrowXL operate 230 delivery vehicles on the road six days a week.

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