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Fire at electricity substation

Fire crews from Bewdley and Kidderminster attended, arriving to find thick black smoke issuing from a building housing a live transformer. While waiting for site engineers to isolate the electricity, crews called for the attendance of two CAFS (Compressed Air Foam System) appliances, and these were sent from Upton and Ross fire stations. Firefighters then used two jets to target this foam through the opening of the building on to the transformer, quickly extinguishing the fire.

Station Commander Phil Berry from HWFRS praised fire crews, saying: “Crews arrived at the substation, made a rapid assessment of the situation they were faced with and then took exactly the right actions by calling for the CAFS appliances and waiting for power to be isolated before starting to tackle the fire.

“With the electricity off and a safety cordon in place, crews could then use this specialist foam which is highly effective in tackling this type of fire.”

He confirmed that the oil used for cooling the transformer had overheated and caught fire, and that the seals around it had split causing the coolant oil to leak. However, the bunded design of the transformer building meant that the oil was safely contained within the building.

With the fire out, the stop message was given just before 7pm and the incident was handed back to site engineers who were arranging the safe removal of the oil from the site.