Tyre Recycling Blaze And Lightning Strike Explosions

waste-tyre-fireFirefighters from across East Lancashire were called to the site at 9.40pm on Friday evening (3 July). Eight fire engines, a cherry picker and a hazardous materials unit were dispatched as flames engulfed a pile of tyres.

Eight fire engines and aerial ladder platform and crews were in attendance at Frank Owen Commercial Vehicle Spares. Firefighters prevented the fire from engulfing a building on site and stopped the blaze from spreading beyond the tyre stack.

After controlling the fire, three fire engines remained at the site Saturday morning (4 July).

No-one was injured and the cause of the fire has yet to be established.

Firefighters then began damping down, turning over smouldering debris using on- site machinery.

Weekend Storms

Explosions were heard at a Sheffield waste recycling unit as a fire broke out on Saturday morning (4 July), following a large electrical storm.

The 280 metre-long building on the Yarra Industrial Estate, off Station Road, Ecclesfield, is thought to have been struck by lightning.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said the fire has now been extinguished, and some explosions would have been heard towards the end of the incident at around 10am.

He said: “We reassure people that this was an expected part of firefighting operations which helped bring the incident to a close.”

Fire crews were called to the site just after 4am on Saturday, July 4.

At the height of the fire, seven fire appliances and an aerial platform were in attendance.

By 10.30am, fire crews were cooling off and damping down at the scene.

An investigation into the cause is under way and will continue over the weekend.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed a number of properties across the region were hit in last night’s massive thunderstorm, which began at about 3am.


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