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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Update on Astonfields Industrial Estate blaze

02/03/2016

A multi-agency response was put in place today to deal with a large fire at an industrial premises in Stafford. The response led by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue involved Staffordshire Police, Stafford Borough Council, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Public Health England, NHS, the Environment Agency and National Grid.  Please see the below for an update from each of the key agencies involved.

Director of Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj said: “I would like to reassure residents that the fire at Global Hygiene LLP has been contained and is under control. The firefighters have worked incredibly hard to tackle the blaze hard under difficult circumstances.

“Thanks to their extensive training and expertise, along with the support of our partners, the fire was tackled as safely and quickly as possible. The incident is expected to remain stable overnight.

“At the height of the incident, there were 12 appliances as well as a high volume pump, two aerial ladder platforms, the command support vehicle, environment unit and the welfare unit at the scene. This has now been decreased to 10 appliances. A further reduced number of crews will remain at the incident overnight to keep a watching brief.”

Superintendent Steve Morrey from Staffordshire Police said “The safety of everyone including those tackling the fire is our first priority. This afternoon we have been able to open more roads to allow people to get home and to ease congestion in the area. Marsden Road and Common Road are now fully open. A cordon remains in place on Aston fields Road however vehicle access is available from Astonfields Road onto Peter James Court. We are urging people to stay away from the area unless they live in the area.”

Only two people have required emergency accommodation which has been provided by Stafford Borough Council. We recognise that access to a number of businesses will remain restricted to maintain public safety overnight. 

Dr David Kirrage, Health Protection consultant for Public Health England in the West Midlands, said “Our continuing advice is for people to stay out of the smoke where possible. For those homes in the path of the smoke plume please keep doors and windows closed.

People who suffer from asthma should make sure that they have any inhalers close to hand in case they need them. From the information we have at the moment we do not believe there are any particularly harmful chemicals in the smoke, but we know that any smoke acts as an irritant and should be avoided.”

Over the next few hours the roads will get busy and people should avoid the area as much as possible. Ideally we want to reduce the time people are in the smoke so we urge people to change your route away from the area.