Sheds destroyed in fire
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) was called at 10.20pm last night (Sunday 20 March) to Worcester Road in Holt Heath following reports that a number of sheds containing logs and garden machinery were on fire.
On arrival, firefighters found three 6m x 6m assorted outbuildings used to store an estimated 10 tonnes of logs and garden equipment well alight. Due to limited water supplies and the need for additional Breathing Apparatus wearers, the incident was increased to three pumps, with fire appliances from Droitwich and Pershore joining the Worcester crew at the scene.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus then tackled the fire using two hose reels and two main jets, supplemented by means of a water relay from a lake at a nearby farm.
The fire was brought under control by around 1.50am (Monday 21 March) with damping down continuing into the morning.
Praising the attending fire crews for their efforts, Station Commander Toby Kempton from H&WFRS said: "This was a particularly difficult fire to tackle due to the limited ventilation in the corrugated sheds and the threat of 'flashovers' this created. However fire crews were able to improve conditions by using saws to cut away sections of the sheds, allowing the heat and smoke to escape. Crews also worked hard over several hours to pull the logs out of the burning sheds."
He confirmed that while there was no one injured as a result of the fire, all three outbuildings were completely destroyed in the blaze.
The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.