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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Workshop Fire Leads to 200 Metre Cordon

18/04/2011

A precautionary 200 metre cordon was set up on Cannock Wood Lane in Rawnsley yesterday following a fire involving a workshop and acetylene cylinders.

"Firefighters extinguished the fire and have spent the last 24 hours continuously cooling the cylinders using one main jet."

Cannock’s Assistant Area Commander, Ian Broadhead

Three crews from Cannock and one crew from Chase Terrace were called to the property at 10.20am yesterday and found a workshop at the rear of a bungalow well alight.

They were informed that acetylene and O2 cylinders were being stored in the workshop and so a cordon was put into place to ensure the surrounding properties and people remained safe.

Cannock’s Assistant Area Commander, Ian Broadhead said: "Firefighters extinguished the fire and have spent the last 24 hours continuously cooling the cylinders using one main jet.

"A cordon was put into place as there were five properties within the potential hazard zone. The occupiers of the five properties were asked to temporarily leave their homes whilst firefighters worked to make the area safe.

"The fire started accidentally and the cordon has now been lifted so residents have been able to re-enter the properties. The affected cylinders have now been taken away for safe disposal."

The incident was closed at 10.30am today.