Commercial workshop fire
In total, 6 appliances attended the incident including two Crews from Hereford, two from Ledbury, one from Ross-on-Wye and an Environment Protection Unit (EPU) from Stourport.
Station Commander Jon Butlin, who was the officer in charge of the incident, said: “On arrival, we were faced with a rapidly developing fire and were informed that Acetylene cylinders were involved. Fire crews assisted by Police immediately ensured a 200m cordon was put in place and residents evacuated. A nearby residential care home outside of the 200m cordon was also given advice by Fire Service personnel.”
“Quick actions by Fire Service personnel brought the fire under control using water ground monitors and Compressed Air Foam (CAFS). Once under control, the cylinders involved were identified as not being Acetylene and so safety cordons were reduced and residents within the 200m were allowed back into their homes.”
HWFRS liaised closely with the Environment Agency and Public Health England to determine the environmental impact of water run off which was then controlled using the Services EPU, reducing the impact on the environment.
Station Commander Butlin thanked other emergency services and other agencies involved for their support during the incident. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.