Homes evacuated after warehouse blaze

Westmarsh Lane, Oldbury-on-Severn

A fire engine leaving a station in response to an emergency callSeveral homes were evacuated after a fire at a warehouse in Oldbury-on-Severn, South Gloucestershire, last night (Thursday).

Fire crews were called at 19.05hrs to reports of a blaze at the building at West Marsh Lane.

The warehouse measures around 60m by 10m, and is divided into four smaller industrial units.

Six pumps attended initially, together with the fire service’s command and control unit from Kingswood, and found the building well alight.

There were five LPG cylinders affected by the fire, as well as an acetylene gas cylinder, one oxygen cylinder and two air compressors.

Because of this, a 200-metre cordon was established which led to around half a dozen nearby homes being evacuated as a safety precaution.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two high pressure hose reels and other specialist equipment to tackle the blaze.

At around 23.15hrs, police officers were able to escort local residents back into their homes.

There were no reports of any injuries and firefighters are satisfied that the blaze was started accidentally.

After around four-and-a-half hours, the fire service presence at the scene was scaled down, although three pumps have remained there throughout the night damping down and ensuring that the fire did not re-start.