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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Serious Fire at Pointons Accidentally Started

30/07/2012

A serious fire involving a large storage shed at Pointons on Felthouse Lane in Cheddleton last night started accidentally, after an engine fault in a large mechanical digger. 

“The fire has caused a lot of damage so it’s lucky that security spotted it when they did, otherwise it could have spread to other areas of the site. If the site had sprinklers fitted, there would have been an advanced warning and the sprinklers would have certainly controlled the fire, limiting the damage."

Station Manager, Ian Housley.

Approximately 35 firefighters from Leek, Cheadle, Ipstones, Longton, Hanley and Stone including specialist appliances were called to the site by security staff at 11.23pm last night.

No one was injured during the fire however it was well-developed on arrival and took firefighters around four hours to bring under control, using compressed air foam and main jets.

Four fire engines remained on the scene overnight and crews are continuing to damp down this morning. A fire investigation has now taken place which established the fire started accidentally.

Station Manager, Ian Housley said: “We believe a fault in a mechanical digger sparked the fire which quickly spread to other items of machinery kept in the shed.

“The fire has caused a lot of damage so it’s lucky that security spotted it when they did, otherwise it could have spread to other areas of the site.

“If the site had sprinklers fitted, there would have been an advanced warning and the sprinklers would have certainly controlled the fire, limiting the damage.

“The business owner is now keen to work with us to see about having a sprinkler system installed to protect the business from fire.”

One crew from Ipstones are still currently in attendance at the site and are likely to remain there for the majority of the day continuing to damp down.