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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tyres and Cars on Fire in Breakers Yard

Firefighters used thousands of litres of water and 400 litres of synthetic foam to tackle a blaze at a breakers yard in Fenton today.

Three appliances from Longton, including the aerial ladder platform, and one from Hanley attended the incident at King Street Breakers after fire broke out at 12.49am. A synthetic foam tender was drafted in from Burslem to assist operations.

"We are satisfied there were two separate ignitions, both deliberate."

David Agu, Station Manager

On arrival crews were confronted by two separate fires, with approximately 30 tonnes of tyres and five scrap vehicles alight. Relief crews were brought in overnight as the incident progressed.

Station Manager David Agu said the fire is believed to have been started deliberately.

"A pile of tyres stacked against the side of the building and a quantity of scrap vehicles nearby were set on fire independently, within moments of one another," said David.

"We are satisfied there were two separate ignitions, both deliberate."

Firefighters tackling the blaze with a main water jet and the foam tender were able to create a blanket of foam on the tyres. Rainfall also helped to extinguish the flames.

David added the intervention and quick thinking of firefighters stopped the blaze from spreading to other parts of the building with damage kept to a minimum on the outside.

"Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service would urge all business owners and traders to make sure items and stock are kept locked away in a container, or, ideally, removed from the premises altogether overnight," said David.

Crews left the incident at 8.40am with David adding police scenes of crime officers remained at the location.