Firefighters prevent explosion in butane shed

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FIREFIGHTERS prevented a huge explosion after battling a fire in a tool shed containing butane gas cylinders.

Drivers struggled through the haze near Porters Grange Roundabout, off Southchurch Road, and a cottage had to be evacuated.

The blaze had started in a tool shed at the back of a building in Warrior Square East which was filled with butane cylinders. Three fire engines were called to the scene at about 4.10pm todaywhere they could be seen working in an alley by a car rental outlet.

They worked to quickly get the flames under control to prevent the cylinders catching alight and causing an explosion.

A nearby resident who didn’t want to be named, was shocked by how high the flames seemed to be spreading.

She said: “The smoke just started out of the blue. I couldn’t see out of my window. The fire seemed very big. I wonder how a fire could start so suddenly like that. It was nearby shops so I was worried they would go up. The flames were quite high.”

Sub-officer Paul Copeland, from Leigh fire station, said: “It was alight when we got here, flames were licking over the top of the building.

“There were 13 officers here in total and the fire was extinguished very quickly. “No one was injured but smoke had spread to adjacent building. Although it was not being effected we evacuated for safety.

“Fire investigations are being carried on at the out to find out the cause.”

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5:17pm Wed 2 Jan 13

steve@eastwood says...

And one appliance from Leigh........
And one appliance from Leigh........ steve@eastwood

7:23pm Wed 2 Jan 13

jolllyboy says...

Is holding that many butane cylinders in a shed legal ?
Is holding that many butane cylinders in a shed legal ? jolllyboy

8:48am Thu 3 Jan 13

maxell says...

I have 5 butain bottles of various sizes all empty, all with the taps open, it is only assumed that they were full , I feel empty ones in the same state would not pose much of a threat.
I have 5 butain bottles of various sizes all empty, all with the taps open, it is only assumed that they were full , I feel empty ones in the same state would not pose much of a threat. maxell

9:17am Thu 3 Jan 13

sosad 1 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Is holding that many butane cylinders in a shed legal ?
could be legal but stupid
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Is holding that many butane cylinders in a shed legal ?[/p][/quote]could be legal but stupid sosad 1

2:46pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Tone-Fu says...

Fair do's to the Fire service for acting quickly and doing their job.
Fair do's to the Fire service for acting quickly and doing their job. Tone-Fu

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