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Incident - Train engine and railway shed fire

Date: 17/04/2017
Time: 02:39
Location: Train depot, Mullet Road, Plymouth
Area: Western
County: Devon

Three fire appliances from Greenbank and Camels Head stations were mobilised following reports of flames issuing from a railway shed on Mullet Road in Plymouth.

Shortly after arriving on scene the incident commander requested the assistance of a fourth fire appliance, so the pump from Plymstock was alerted to attend.

The fire was found to be in the exhaust of the traction unit of a high speed train located within a commercial railway shed, so set to work using a water jet and ladders to reach the fire. Crews also used breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet and a thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots and fire spread.

The fire had spread to the roof vents of the railway shed, and caused slight damage to both the roof and the train traction unit.

The cause was confirmed as accidental.

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