A major incident was reported in Hull, north-west England, on 24 November after a fire broke out in a factory containing around 300 tonnes of plastic. No one was injured during the incident; however, a response from several agencies was needed to address the fire, including 14 fire trucks and 70 firefighters.
The Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) said it received an initial call at 15:30 local time to a fire at a plastic products’ factory belonging to Bridgewood UK. Working with partner agencies, HFRS was able to control the fire in the early hours of November 25. Around 300 tons of plastic were inside the factory at the time of the fire.HFRS said all staff were safely evacuated without injury or loss of life due to the result of the management team’s actions and processes implemented in the business.
A large plume of black smoke could be seen from across hull town throughout the afternoon, and some local residents shared images of black material that had bathed in the nearby area during the fire.
A major incident was later reported on the afternoon of November 24. Local residents at properties near the incident were evacuated as a precaution, with support from Humberside Police and local authorities. Residents were allowed to return to their properties in the early hours of Nov. 25. Humberside Police, the UK Health Safety Agency, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Environment Agency were at the scene and supported firefighters to control the blaze. As the large plume of smoke reduced to faint white smoke after using foam and water to extinguish the flames, HFRS reduced the number of fire trucks to six and remained on the scene to continue to dampen any waste heat and monitor the incident for the rest of the day.
Jason Kirby, Director of People and Development for the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This is multi-agency work at its best; when the major incident was declared, we came together, and this resulted in us being able to quickly control this large industrial fire. More than 150 firefighters attended this incident, our fire control operators took 127 emergency calls to 999 in minutes and countless more internal communications while organizing the crew, working alongside colleagues from other agencies.”
“Our Prevention and Protection staff has visited the nearby residential area, bringing peace of mind to the community with residents of evacuated properties and those facing the fire, and the response has been astounding. Thank you for everyone’s support, encouragement and cooperation during this time.”