12 January 2012
HOMES EVACUATED AND TRAINS HALTED DUE TO LOCK-UP BLAZE
Firefighters tackle cylinder blast risk at Greenock incident
TWELVE people were evacuated from their homes and trains were
halted in Greenock last night amid fears of an explosion during a
fire in a lock-up garage in the town's Drumfrochar Road.
Firefighters attended the incident at 6.29pm, and were
confronted with a well-established blaze. After receiving reports
that acetylene and oxygen cylinders were stored in the garage,
creating the a risk of an explosion, the Incident
Commander established a 50-metre exclusion zone, ordered the
evacuation of 12 people from ten nearby properties and requested
that trains on the Wemyss Bay to Glasgow line were halted.
The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters using main
jets. Firefighters then began cooling the affected cylinders to
minimise the risk of explosion, and special Thermal Imaging Cameras
were used to monitor the cylinders during this operation.
Working with colleagues from Strathclyde Police and Network
Rail, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue brought the incident to a safe
conclusion at 11.14pm, with evacuated residents allowed to return
home and trains restarted at this time.