Firefighters Stop Pershore Factory Blaze
At 06:19Hrs on Sunday March 28 2010, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a factory fire at a unit in Racecourse Road, Pershore, Worcestershire.
Local on-call firefighters from Pershore were promptly on scene followed by crews from Broadway, Droitwich, Evesham, Malvern, Pebworth, Redditch, Stourport, Upton and Worcester. In addition to fire appliances, an aerial ladder platform, a command unit, an environmental protection unit and a water carrier were also brought in to tackle the blaze.
On arrival firefighters found the offices at the front of a large factory unit on fire. It was established that gas cylinders and a fuel supply were in the vicinity and, due to explosive risks a 200m cordon was put in place with the assistance of West Mercia Police Officers, whilst fire crews used breathing apparatus and jets to bring the fire under control and prevent the spread of fire to nearby properties.
Throughout the morning over 80 firefighters were brought in to tackle the blaze (including specialist crews). The Environment Agency was present to ensure watercourses remained clear of potential pollutants.
Firefighters were able to stop the spread of fire and by lunchtime damage was limited to the two storey office facilities. The owners were able to recover manufacturing equipment and implement disaster recovery plans –which meant that production could be run a day after the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.