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Residents evacuated following fire in Bromyard

The fire, which was reported to the Service just before 12.30am, involved a large quantity of mixed waste, vehicles and cylinders outside a bungalow in the road, and fire crews from Bromyard (x2), Tenbury Wells (x2) and Leintwardine attended along with the Incident Support Unit from Malvern, the Environmental Protection Unit from Stourport, a Restricted Access Vehicle from Whitchurch and a Hazmat (Hazardous Materials) Officer. Police and ambulance staff also attended.

While crews tackled the fire using two hose reel jets, a ground monitor and one main jet, residents living nearby were evacuated from their homes to safety. The road was also closed during the incident.

There were no injuries and the stop message was given shortly after 12.30pm.

Group Commander Mick Cadman from HWFRS said: “The gas cylinders at the property were a concern and indeed, at least three exploded during firefighting operations. Thankfully no one was injured but the evacuation of nearby properties was a necessary precaution.”

He thanked the local community for their patience during the incident and also passed on his thanks to all those involved in the multi-agency response, including the County Council and the British Red Cross FESS (Fire and Emergency Support Service) who arranged a rest centre at Bromyard Leisure Centre to accommodate the 21 residents evacuated from their homes, and Western Power who were called to restore electricity after power lines were affected during the incident.

The bungalow and outbuildings at the property suffered extensive damage during the fire and the cause is still being investigated.