Contact Us
1000 characters left

UK Fire Safety News

Fire in Suffolk School - Suspicious Circumstances

on .

A large fire which started in a school in Suffolk is being treated as suspicious by police.

Fire crews were called to the empty Castle Hill Middle School in Haverhill at 10pm on Sunday (3rd June) after receiving multiple calls from local residents. Smoke was seen billowing from the site as firefighters tackled the blaze for several hours. Nobody was inside at the time of the incident. A spokesman for Suffolk Police revealed that the structure of the building is not currently stable enough for officers to carry out a full examination into the cause of the blaze but initial investigations deem it to be suspicious. He said: "Officers are also urging members of the public to stay away from the site as it is unsafe and anyone entering would be putting themselves at risk."

For further information on our fire risk assessment service in the Suffolk area click here.

County Durham Pub Fire Investigation

on .

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of a fire which gutted a pub in County Durham. Fire crews were called to The Plainsman in Annfield Plain just after 3:30am yesterday morning (30thMay). Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered that the blaze was well alight, with flames shooting up to 20 feet into the air.

Despite the fire being brought under control by 5.30am, approximately half of the building was destroyed in the fire.

A Durham Police spokeswoman told the Northern Echo: "There were no injuries as the last people left the premises last night. "We'll be liaising with the fire investigators today to establish what caused it. It's too early to say at the moment".

All commercial properties in England and Wales should have a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. If the fire risk assessment is deemed to be carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence of up to two years.

Campaign to Prevent Kitchen Fires

on .

More than half of all property fires in Cornwall are related to cooking, the fire service has said.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said of 290 property fires, 154 started in the kitchen, with a spokesperson saying that "Most cooking fires are the result of food catching on fire after being left for too long on the hob or under the grill." He added that a third of the fires were at houses without a smoke alarm.

The fire service said homeowners, to minimise the risk of a kitchen fire, should have a smoke alarm, never leave cooking unattended and ensure all kitchen appliances were turned off after use. It added that ovens and grill pans should be kept clean as a build up of fat and grease could heat up and catch alight.

Stockport Town Centre Fire at Block of Flats

on .

Fire fighters were called to the scene of a fire in Stockport town centre in the early hours.

More than 50 firefighters were called to a large blaze at a five-storey building in Stockport town centre. The fire broke out at the building, which is a block of flats under construction, on Lower Hillgate at about 02:20 BST.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said houses surrounding the site were evacuated as a precaution. The operation had been significantly reduced by 09:30 BST and residents were being allowed back in their homes. A large part of the town centre remains cordoned off and Lower Hillgate is closed in both directions between Market Place and the junction of Waterloo Road and Edward Street.

Greenwich Fire at Chemical Processing Plant

on .

A large fire broke out at a chemical processing plant in south-east London, sending smoke billowing over the city. A dozen fire crews fought the flames, which were spotted at 03:30 BST, at the factory in Peterboat Close, Greenwich, near the Blackwall Tunnel.

About half of the factory warehouse was alight when the fire was at its peak. The flames were extinguished by about 06:50, London Fire Brigade said. One lane was closed on the Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach, leading to delays.

The fire created a massive plume of smoke.

Westbury Fire at Scrap yard

on .

An exclusion zone has been set up around a major fire which is burning at a scrap yard in Wiltshire. Cylinders on the West Wilts Trading Estate, in Westbury, have complicated efforts to extinguish the blaze.The fire services have reported that they are cooling the cylinders down and trying to identify what the contents are.

Some 40 firefighters tackled the blaze overnight after crews were alerted around 21:15 BST on Monday. Two fire engines from Corsham and Mere remain at the scene and are likely to be there for most of the morning.The police are currently controlling access to the area. The exclusion zone is 200m (656 ft). A large number of scrap cars had been involved in the fire, as well as a workshop at the scrap yard.