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Garages and sheds on fire

Heath Road, Wivenhoe
23/06/2017 @ 15:02
Incident Number: 57160
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Wivenhoe, 1 x Clacton, 1 x Halstead (Water Bowser)


Firefighters were called to a fire involving two garages and several garden sheds, one of which contained an acetylene cylinder.

Smoke from the incident could be seen for several miles around. The fire Control received a number of calls to report the fire.

When crews arrived they immediately set up a 200 meter safety cordon around the incident, which is our standard procedure for any incident involving cylinders.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are tackling the fire.

At 5pm, firefighters reported they are continuing to tackle the fire which has affected two garages, several sheds and some trees.

At 6:30pm, the Incident Command, Scott Meekings said:

"The fire is now out. The acetylene cylinder involved in the fire is being cooled with water and is being monitored by firefighters uisng a thermal imaging camera. We will continue to monitor the cylinder until it is completely cooled. The corden will remain in place for approximately another two hours, although we hope to reduce the corden shortly to let some residents furthest away from the property back to their houses.

"Firefighters have done an excellent job to stop this rapidly spreading fire affecting any of the houses. Two garages and several sheds have been destroyed.

Update 7pm - The safety corden has been lift and all resident can return to their homes. Fire crews will remain at the scene dampening down and cooling the cylinder.

Update 00:20am - Firefighters have now left the incident.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

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