Farm Building Fire
The call came through at 5.10pm and as there were cylinders stored inside the building, three pumps from Worcester, two from Malvern and one from Upton were deployed along with the Command Support Unit from Malvern. The Red Cross Support vehicle also attended.
The first crews to arrive found a well-developed fire in the farm building, which was used to store tractors and other farm machinery. As there were also cylinders inside the farm shed, as a precautionary measure, firefighters set up a 200-metre cordon and with the assistance of the police, evacuated more than 20 residents from the immediate area. They then used ground monitors and covering jets to extinguish the fire and cool the cylinders.
The fire was quickly brought under control, and residents were able to return to their properties at around 9pm. Some had gone along to the local community centre while the incident was ongoing, while others are understood to have gone to friends and family.
No one was injured during the incident.
Firefighters were then able to scale down the operation from six to two pumps, and the stop message was given at around 11pm. The last crews finally left the farm at around 11.30pm, having offered advice to the occupier on the safe removal of the cylinders.
The fire service is not able to confirm the cause of the fire at this stage.