Fire at industrial premises in Rotherwas, Hereford


Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is currently tackling a fire at an industrial premises in Hereford.

HWFRS was called out at 12.26pm today (Monday 14 August) with three Hereford Fire Station crews attending the fire involving an external dust extractor unit in Netherwood Road, Rotherwas Industrial Estate.

They were joined by crews from Fownhope, Ewyas Harold and Ross-on-Wye as well as the incident command unit and drone from Ledbury, the water carrier from Peterchurch and the environmental protection unit from Tenbury Wells. 

Firefighters are using breathing apparatus, a main jet, hose reel jets, two nine-metre ladders and a thermal imaging camera as they tackle the blaze.

The incident has been sectorised with four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using two nine-metre ladders and a compressed air foam system jet to tackle the main area.

Crews are still at the scene at 3.35pm and the incident is being scaled back to three pumps so they have made good progress.

The aerial ladder platform from Hereford is there this evening and it is being used to remove industrial filters from the extractor unit with small tools.

There have been no casualties so the ambulance service has not been required.

They still have one hose reel jet in operation.

The incident is being scaled down to one appliance and the aerial ladder platform at 5.53pm.

The final Hereford crew left the incident with the on-site staff at 8.28pm on Monday.

The crew and the aerial ladder platform from Hereford returned at 10.43pm for a scheduled reinspection and finally left the scene at 11.29pm.

It is believed the cause was accidental.