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Homes evacuated in Bolton

Borough: Bolton

Incident Date: 08 February 2015

FIREFIGHTERS have spent the early hours fighting a fire involving Acetylene cylinders at a house in Bolton.

A report of a fire was received by call handlers at North West Fire Control just before 3.30am this morning (Sunday, February 8, 2015).

Crew from Bolton Central, Bolton North and Atherton Fire Stations responded to a house on Winchester Way where they were met with a fire which had started in the garage at the side of the property.

Firefighters extinguished the fire using hand held jets but on closer inspection found a number of cylinders were also involved.

Station Manager, John Crawley, said: “The fire which was quite intense was quickly extinguished by the crew however it was only after firefighters had entered the building that we identified a number of cylinders were also on fire.

“Whilst firefighters cooled the cylinders, which were made up of both Acetylene and LPG, Greater Manchester Police and local authority personnel evacuated a small number of residents in the area and a cordon was put in place.

“We will be at the incident throughout the day until it is safe for residents to return to their homes.”

There were no reported injuries at the incident.

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:39
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