Miscellaneous category

18 Jan 2014

Sherburn-in-Elmet tyre blaze firefighters remain

Firefighters remain on “watching brief” at a blaze that sent up a plume of smoke so thick it could be seen from space. North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue warn it could take several days to let the smouldering tyres burn out. The fire at Newgen Recycling Centre in Sherburn-in-Elmet among 15,000 tonnes of tyres started […]

17 Jan 2014

Newport Pagnell warehouse fire started ‘accidentally’

A blaze that destroyed a warehouse in Buckinghamshire started accidentally, a fire service inquiry has said. The Liebherr Distribution Centre in Newport Pagnell collapsed when a cardboard and polystyrene fire gutted its main building on Wednesday. Fire and rescue station manager Ian Wilson said crews would remain on site as the remains were still smouldering. […]

16 Jan 2014

Thick smoke rises from tyre recycling plant fire could ‘go on for days’

A major fire involving 15,000 tonnes of tyres at a recycling plant in North Yorkshire will “go on for days”, the county’s fire chief has said. Nigel Hutchinson said the cause of the blaze at Newgen Recycling in Sherburn-in-Elmet was not yet known. About 70 firefighters from across Yorkshire have been at the Lennerton Lane […]

15 Jan 2014

‘Poisonous gas’ warning over Newport Pagnell warehouse fire

People living near a warehouse fire in Newport Pagnell have been told to stay indoors because of the risk from “poisonous gases”. About 60 firefighters were called to the Liebherr Refrigeration premises at Renny Park Road, close to junction 14 of the M1, at lunchtime. All the 20 people inside the building were accounted for […]

14 Jan 2014

Explosions at G and P battery recycling site in Darlaston

A fire has caused explosions at a battery recycling centre in the West Midlands, the fire service has said. The blaze at G and P Batteries Limited on the Crescent Works Industrial Estate in Willenhall Road, Darlaston, broke out at about 01:20 GMT on Tuesday. The fire service said 60 firefighters tackled the blaze, which […]

13 Jan 2014

Thrunton carpet warehouse fire ‘out in three weeks’

A fire that started at a Northumberland carpet recycling plant more than four months ago could be extinguished in three weeks, the council has said. The blaze broke out at the site in Thrunton in September, and the council now estimates that about two thirds of the burning material has been put out. Environment Agency […]

10 Jan 2014

Four people rescued after OAP flats blaze in Larbert

The four casualties were all female and were taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital by ambulance following the blaze at Sir John Graham Court. Six other residents at the complex, which contains 19 flats and bungalows, were also treated for smoke inhalation. More than 35 firefighters attended the incident, with additional crews from Denny, Falkirk […]

09 Jan 2014

Protest as 10 London fire stations shut down

Protesters opposed to the closure of 10 London fire stations have demonstrated outside one of them – the oldest operational fire station in London. Clerkenwell fire station, dating back to the 1870s, and nine others, were closed earlier in a move by London Fire Brigade (LFB) to save £28.8m. LFB said changes, including the loss […]

08 Jan 2014

Wilton UK Wood Recycling plant fire extinguished

A fire involving thousands of tonnes of wood at a Teesside recycling plant has been extinguished after burning for more than two weeks. The fire began on 23 December in a stack of wood in the UK Wood Recycling plant at the Wilton site near Redcar. Cleveland Fire Brigade let the 16,000 tonnes of wood […]

08 Jan 2014

Fire damages Townhouse restaurant in Ipswich

A fire has damaged a restaurant in the centre of Ipswich. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said it received “multiple calls” to the blaze, which started at about 09:45 GMT in the Townhouse, Orwell Place. Group commander Dave Pederson said the fire was thought to have started in the kitchen area of the restaurant. “We […]