Scrapyard fire prompts multi-service response

Downs Road, Dundry

A huge scrapyard fire involving an acetylene cylinder, petrol store, diesel store and domestic oil store prompted a multi-service response and more than 60 firefighters to tackle the fire.

Crews from Bedminster, Nailsea, Hicks Gate, Kingswood, Temple, Yate, Bath, Portishead, Pill and Winscombe fire stations were all on scene at one point throughout the 11 hours incident.

Support crews from Devon & Somerset and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Services assisted at the scene.

The two Services, along with Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service, also provided cover for local stations involved.

At its height, 10 fire engines were on scene and more than 60 firefighters on the ground.

The fire, which started in a workshop, was sectorised and firefighters in breathing apparatus used a 45mm jet, a water monitor, foam attack and a turntable ladder to extinguish the blaze.

Crews remained on scene to cool further cylinders.

Police, Wessex Water and the Environment Agency were in attendance, while Bristol Airport was informed of the smoke plume.

The cause of the fire is thought to be accidental.