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Incident - Fire in a scrap yard

Date: 21/07/2015
Time: 19:21
Location: Thomas Way Industrial Estate, Thomas Way, Glastonbury
Area: Somerset
County: Somerset

The Fire Service received numerous calls reporting a large fire within a scrapyard.  One fire appliance was intially mobilsied from Glastonbury was, after numerous calls Fire Control mobilisied a second appliance which came from Street. 

Whilst approaching the incident the crews requested a third appliance, as large plumes of smoke were seen coming from a scrapyard area, this appliance was mobilised from Wells.

Crews arrived on scene and confirmed large stack of scrap metal measuring approximately 10m x 10m and height 10m involved in fire.  Crews got to work with one CAFS (compressed air foam) attack jet supported from hydrant, crews also setting up water wall to prevent fire spread to secondary stack of scrap, together with two main attack jets currently being in used.

A police helicopter will be flying over the local area to deliver announcements via tannoy regarding the smoke plumes.

Update at 2143hrs - Incident is still on going and crews at work with two breathing apparatus, one main jet and two ground monitors.

Updates at 2316hrs - Crews on scene have now extinguished the fire using five main attack jets, one water wall, six breathng apparatus, one CAFS (compressed air foam) attack jet.  The cause of the fire is believed to be accidential, and the incident has been handed back to the owners, with suitable advice given.

Advice to the general public.........

Our advice continues to be that in any areas affected by the smoke residents should stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.

Motorists who have to travel through any smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

If anyone experiences prolonged symptoms of irritation, they should call NHS 111.


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