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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters tackle blaze at industrial unit in Longport

10/06/2013

Fire and rescue crews from across the county have battled a blaze at an industrial unit containing thousands of fireworks.

“This was a severe fire that took hold incredibly quickly and completely destroyed the industrial unit. At the peak of the blaze, there were around 50 firefighters at the scene and it took nearly 48 hours to extinguish the flames.

“Firefighters dealt with an incredibly challenging and demanding situation and had to withdraw to a safe distance due to the fireworks detonating. Our strategy was to prevent the fire from spreading and to contain it to the area involved whilst maintaining all our safe systems of work.”

Station Manager Mick Daniels

The Service was alerted to the fire at Chemical Lane in Longport at 20.24pm on Friday, June 7.

At the height of the blaze 13 crews from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent were in attendance.

Firefighters used six pump appliances, two water carriers, two aerial ladders, a high volume pumping appliance, a command support unit and welfare pod to tackle the incident.

It is believed the blaze started when around 500 pallets caught fire and the flames then spread to the building. The incident was closed at 6.19pm yesterday.

Station Manager Mick Daniels, of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This was a severe fire that took hold incredibly quickly and completely destroyed the industrial unit. At the peak of the blaze, there were around 50 firefighters at the scene and it took nearly 48 hours to extinguish the flames.

“Firefighters dealt with an incredibly challenging and demanding situation and had to withdraw to a safe distance due to the fireworks detonating. Our strategy was to prevent the fire from spreading and to contain it to the area involved whilst maintaining all our safe systems of work.

“No-one was hurt in the incident. However, this was a devastating incident for the building’s owners. The impact could have been lessened if a sprinkler system had been in place, reducing the spread of the fire and extinguishing the flames.

“We are keen to encourage all businesses to install what is potentially life-saving equipment.”

For more information about sprinkler systems visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/