Workshop blaze sparks gas cylinder alert

Hedge end Workshop fire

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a huge blaze at workshop in Hedge End yesterday.

The fire produced a column of smoke could be seen from Southampton

Control operators mobilised fire appliances from Hightown, St Mary’s and Eastleigh together with the Special Equipment Unit from St Mary’s, the Incident Command Unit from Service Headquarters in Eastleigh was also mobilised to the scene.

Over 25 firefighters plus senior officers and support staff were in attendance. The fire involved two buildings measuring 20 metres by 30 metres used as workshops. The single story buildings were severely damaged by fire. Crews used jets and monitors to tackle the blaze. A 200 metre exclusion zone was set up around the incident due to an acetylene cylinder being stored in one of the buildings.

The officer in charge of the incident said:

“Firefighters worked very hard to stop the fire spreading to other workshops and separate buildings on the small farm estate and had it not been for their sterling efforts this would have been a much more serious incident.

“This type of site can be challenging for crews as a number of different types of buildings can co-exist. It is important that any hazardous materials or equipment or other risks are identified and brought to the attention of the fire service. It is vital for each premise to have an adequate risk assessment in place to use in the event of an incident such as this.”

A  investigation is being carried out to determine the cause of the fire.