Update on Roxel fire
The Service was called to the Summerfield Lane site just after 8.30am on Friday morning (16 November) following reports of a fire in a single storey building. Six fire crews attended (from Worcester, Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport, Bromsgrove and Tenbury) along with the Command Support Unit from Malvern, the Incident Support Unit from Droitwich and a Restricted Access Vehicle from Whitchurch. Police and ambulance crews also attended the incident.
In line with the company’s emergency plans, local residents and business premises in the immediate area were evacuated as a precautionary measure and a 600-metre cordon was set up. The A449 was also closed from Hoobrook island through to Black Bridges during the incident.
The fire had broken out in a workshop area at the Roxel site, and with two ground monitors and three covering jets in place, and a compressed air foam jet ready to use if required, firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and protective clothing went into the affected building where they used specialist ventilation equipment and thermal imaging cameras to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.
Once it was confirmed that there was no further risk of fire, the cordon around the site was lifted and the road was re-opened, with local people allowed to return to their homes mid-afternoon.
There was no one injured during the incident and damage was confined to the building where the fire broke out.
Group Commander Phil Russell, lead officer at the scene on Friday, explained: “We work closely with staff at Roxel and our colleagues at other local agencies to ensure that the most stringent safety procedures are in place at the site, and that these are tested and reviewed on a regular basis. Coincidentally, a multi-agency training exercise had been held at the premises just two days before this incident and this meant that everyone involved was very clear on their roles and the actions they needed to take.
“Our main concern was public safety and we were only willing to lift the cordon and allow people to return to their homes once we could be completely sure that the fire was under control and that there was no further risk of escalation.
“We would like to pass on our thanks to local residents and businesses for their co-operation with the emergency services throughout the incident, and to motorists affected by the road closures.”
He confirmed that the incident has been referred to the Health & Safety Executive.