Second fire breaks out at Horiba Mira Technology Park in space of four days

The Horiba Mira car testing centre had its second fire in four days after some large batteries were left on charge and burst into flames. Three fire crews from Hinckley and Nuneaton rushed to the site in Mira Drive, Higham on the Hill, near Hinckley, after the blaze was reported at 11.25am today. The fire was in a single storey building on the site where the batteries were on charge.

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Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said in an update: “Call received to a single storey industrial premises. “Lithium batteries had been left on charge and were believed to have caught fire inside the building. “All batteries involved in fire were confirmed to be extinct.

“The batteries were smothered in copious amounts of sand and left in situ in the building. On site staff using a digger to remove the batteries and sand from building.” Horiba Mira was formerly the Motor Industry Research Association and is a privately owned consultancy company testing various vehicles.

The damage caused during Sunday’s larger blaze

On Sunday there was a larger fire, which started accidentally in a temporary storage building, leading to 10 fire engines and four specialist fire service vehicles being sent to the site just before 2pm.

Large clouds of black smoke were visible for miles around as crews battled to extinguish the flames.

The fire service said 15 cars, two trailers and a fork-lift truck were destroyed in the blaze, which was out by 4pm.

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