A fire involving an outbuilding and three gas cylinders on Tinkers Lane in Brewood yesterday started accidentally Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have established.
"We would urge anyone storing gas cylinders to ensure they are stored safely and securely and that a responsible person knows where they are and what they contain, as that information is vital to us in the event of a fire."
South Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Ian Dawson
Crews from Brewood, Penkridge, Codsall and the water carrier from Cannock were sent to the incident at 2.00pm yesterday to tackle the blaze and left the scene at 11.30am this morning following an overnight watch on the incident.
A 200 metre cordon was erected yesterday as a precautionary measure and 15 people were temporarily evacuated to Brewood Fire Station.
The cylinders were still being cooled by firefighters this morning until a specialist technician from Air Products arrived on the scene and was able to declare the cylinders safe. They will be removed from the scene by specialists.
South Staffordshire Assistant Area Commander, Ian Dawson said: "The fire appears to have been started after a small bonfire was left unattended and spread to the nearby outbuilding.
"The danger in this incident was the gas cylinders, as the elderly occupier was not able to confirm for certain what the cylinders contained, which is why we had to immediately establish a safety cordon and evacuate some nearby residents.
"The evacuated people were taken to Brewood Fire Station and were able to return home around three hours later; once we had established what type of cylinders we were dealing with.
"We would urge anyone storing gas cylinders to ensure they are stored safely and securely and that a responsible person knows where they are and what they contain, as that information is vital to us in the event of a fire.
"We would also remind anyone carrying out a controlled burn to ensure they stay with the fire at all times and make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving it."