Flat fire in Warrington
31/08/2014 - 20:47Address:
Cavendish Close, Warrington. WA58PSAttendance:
2 fire engines from Warrington, 2 from Widnes, 1 from Stockton Heath and an hydraulic platform from ChesterDetails
Just after 8.45 pm the Service received reports of a fire in a block of flats in Cavendish Close, Great Sankey, Warrington.
Crews from Warrington went to the scene and on arrival found a well-developed fire in a first floor flat.
Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus began tackling the fire with one hose reel jet and further fire engines were sent to the incident including a hydraulic platform.
Further firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one main jet to tackle the fire from the rear while crews also used a hose reel and a second main jet at the front of the premises. The hydraulic platform was used for the crews to establish a fire break, preventing it spreading further and to bring the fire under control.
Crews had put out the fire by 23.15 but remained at the scene until around 09.30 this morning, damping down, checking the roofspace for hotspots and removing roof tiles.
A total of 10 flats were evacuated at the height of the blaze. Some residents have been allowed to return but those whose properties were directly affected have not yet been able to.
The Service's Post Fire Volunteer Support Team were requested to attend to assist families at the scene.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
STATEMENT FROM CHESHIRE POLICE:
At 9.10pm on Sunday 31 August 2014, police were called to an address in Gregory Close, Warrington to a report of a flat fire.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue tackled the blaze while five families were evacuated from the block and road closures were put in place.
The fire was extinguished but several of the flats were damaged.
Three men from the Warrington area aged 40, 20 and 35 were arrested on suspicion of arson with intent and are currently helping police with their enquiries.
Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police quoting incident number 882 of 31 August 2014.
Alternatively information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Last updated: Tuesday 02 September 2014