A RECYCLING company have thanked emergency services following a fire involving a building containing lithium batteries at their Workington recycling site.

At around 2:50pm yesterday, March 19 eight fire engines, the aerial ladder platform, water bowser and a joint incident command unit attended a fire at the Recycling Lives facility on Isabella Road in Workington.

The fire at the recycling site, involved a 25 metre squared building which housed lithium batteries, with fire warning nearby houses to keep their windows closed at the time of the blaze.

A spokesman for Recycling Lives said: "A localised fire occurred at our Workington facility yesterday evening (19th March) and was quickly brought under control.

"There were no injuries or any significant property damage thanks to the excellent work of the fire service and the enactment of our fire prevention plan.

"We thank all emergency services who attended the incident in particular Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service."

Firefighter used four breathing apparatus, one compressed air foam system, one main jet and one medium expansion foam to extinguish the fire.

Emergency services including police were on the scene for some time, with fire appliances leaving the unit at around 10:52pm, handing the incident over to staff at the site.