Crews mobilised to scrap metal fire


Appliance St Andrews Road, Avonmouth

Crews from Avonmouth, Southmead, Temple, Bedminster, Portishead, Kingswood and Nailsea were mobilised to reports of a fire on St Andrews Road in Avonmouth.

On arrival, firefighters found a fire involving 20,000 tonnes of scrap metal.

Over three days, firefighters used two 70mm jet, two 45mm jets to extinguish the fire, and four breathing apparatus for safety.

Two turntable ladders were used by crews to attack the fire from a height with assistance from a tug boat which pumped water onto the scrap metal.

Crews also used the two High Volume Pumps for water relay, the Command Unit, Welfare Unit and Salvage Unit for support.

Thermal imaging cameras were used to detect hot spots during the incident.  

Throughout the incident, staff liaised with the scrap metal company, Met Office, Highways England, the Port Police, Avon and Somerset Police, Public Health England and the National Chemical Emergency Centre.

Following multi-agency meetings, it was decided not to activate the Severnside Sirens as the site does not fall under COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) regulations.

The incident has now been passed onto the scrap metal company.

The incident was thought to be accidental.