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Incident Date: 13 July 2014
FIREFIGHTERS have spent the night at a railway engineering warehouse in Trafford Park after a fire broke out in a paint spray booth.
Crews were called to the incident in Wheel Forge Way after a smoke was reported to be coming from the building at 11pm on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Due to the size of the building, further firefighters were called to assist with searching the warehouse and at the height of the incident ten fire engines were on the scene.
The two-storey building, which measures approximately 150 metres by 50 metres, is used for engineering and construction and it was heavily smoke-logged when crews arrived.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus had to search the building to locate the fire, which they quickly brought under control and extinguished - preventing the fire from spreading and causing severe damage to the business.
Area Manager Mark O'Brien, who was in charge of the incident, said: "The fire was in the central section of the building and involved a paint spray oven used for spraying and drying wheels.
"Smoke was coming from across the building and although we were told early on into the incident that there was nobody inside, we still had to protect the building.
"The initial crews who arrived on the scene did a fantastic job of extinguishing the fire quickly.
"They had no idea where the fire was and the building was complex and full of smoke, but they quickly located the fire and extinguished it - preventing it from spreading throughout the building.
"Once crews had located the fire we had to check for any further signs of fire, which we did using thermal image scanners, and firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night ventilating the property.
"Due to the professionalism of the crews, the business hopes to be back up and running in the next couple of days."
The incident was scaled down to two fire engines at around 3am on Sunday, July 13.