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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Acetylene incident is declared safe

04/09/2014

firefighter's with ladder
Firefighters with ladder

An Acetylene canister which caught fire at Halfords in Cannock has now been made safe.

"This had the potential to be a very serious incident which is why it was vital to close the roads and to initially put a 200 metre cordon in place which was later reduced to 100 metres when the situation had been brought under control." 

Station Manager Liam Hickey

Specialist advisers are removing the canister from the premises at Virage Point Business Park on Green Lane in Bridgtown.

Roads in the area which were closed due to the incident have now re-opened and the 100 metre cordon which was put in place as a standard precautionary measure has been taken down.

Station Manager Liam Hickey said: "This had the potential to be a very serious incident which is why it was vital to close the roads and to initially put a 200 metre cordon in place which was later reduced to 100 metres when the situation had been brought under control.

"It took dozens of firefighters almost 20 hours continuously cooling the cylinder to ensure that it was the correct temperature to allow it to be removed by specialists. It will now be disposed of in a safe manner."

Firefighters used main jets to cool the cylinder when they arrived on the scene at around 4.25pm yesterday and continued to do so throughout the night and this morning.

Crews from Cannock, Penkridge, Lichfield, Chase Terrace, Codsall, Rising Brook, Brewood and the Command Support Unit from Stone attended the incident.

The last crew left at approximately 11.40am today.

Companies based on the business park and nearby residents have now been able to return to the area.

Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Highways Officers supported the incident.