04 June 2012
Firefighters tackle blaze in Chemical Warehouse
Crews work through the night to tackle intense heat and
MORE THAN 70 firefighters have worked through the night battling
intense heat and flames to tackle a fire in a chemical storage
warehouse in Twechar.
At around 2.20am crews were mobilised to the warehouse in the
town's Gavell Road following reports of a fire. On arrival at
the incident, firefighters were faced with a developing fire and
set up two large bore 'ground monitor' hoses to deliver large
volumes of water to prevent the flames spreading to adjacent
At the height of the blaze, the fire was so intense that heat
started to affect pallets of stored materials and vehicles outside
As a precaution, 12 people were evacuated from nearby houses and
farms, but all have now been allowed to return their homes.
As SFR's Technical Support Team worked with warehouse management
to identify what chemicals were inside the warehouse, crews secured
the safety of neighbouring farmland and the nearby River Kelvin by
ensuring that any water used for firefighting operations was
contained within the site. SFR is continuing to work closely with
representatives from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency,
who are also on the scene to ensure all necessary steps are
taken to protect the environment in the surrounding area.
To ensure the safety of members of the public and the SFR crew,
the B8023 has been closed to all traffic in the immediate
Firefighters remain at the scene this morning dealing with small
pockets of fire at the now contained incident.
SFR will now undertake a full joint investigation into the cause
of the fire with Strathclyde Police.