Crews tackle Widnes scrapyard blaze

24/06/2013 - 19:04

Dennis Road, Widnes

Two fire engines from Widnes, two fire engines from Runcorn, two fire engines from Warrington, the Hydraulic Platfrom from Chester, the High Volume Pump and Hose Laying Machine with a supporting fire engine from Congleton, the Control Unit and Welfare Unit with supporting fire engine from Northwich.


Just after 7 pm the Service received reports of a fire in the open at a scrapyard in Dennis Road, Widnes.

One fire engine went to the scene initially but on arrival found a well-established fire in the open measuring approximately 100 metres by 100 metres and a further five fire engines were sent, together with a hydraulic platform.

Because of the presence of cylinders an outer cordon was set up and crews began tackling the blaze using ground monitor jets.

Considerable amounts of smoke are still coming off the site and although this is not currently affecting any homes, nearby householders are being urged to keep their doors and windows shut as a precaution.

Police have closed off Tanhouse Lane at both ends and at several junctions along the route.
Access to the nearby Hive Leisure Park is also restricted.

Update at 9 pm

Two extra fire engines have now been sent to the scene, as well as a high volume pump, the incident command unit and a welfare unit.

Update at 9.30 pm

All cylinders have been removed from the vicinity of the fire and crews are making good progress in tackling the flames with water also being put onto the fire from the hydraulic platform.

Update at 11.30 pm

Firefighters are continuing to make good progress in tackling the fire and the smoke from the site is reducing.

Operations are likely to continue for several hours. Some local road closures expected to still be in place in the morning.  

Update at 09:00 am on 25th June

Two fire engines remain at the incident. Fire crews are now damping down.

Update at 13:56 pm on 25th June

Appeal to the public for help:

Police are currently trying to establish the cause of the fire and are appealing to the public for help.  DS Dave Hutcheon said: "We are appealing to anyone who may have any information regarding the incident to contact us. We have not yet been able to establish the cause of the fire and if it is malicious or not so any information that the public can provide will be of great assistance."

Anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 792 of 24 June.
Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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Last updated: Friday 26 July 2013

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