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17 June 2022

Update regarding two commercial property fires in North Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness UPDATED

In the early hours of Thursday 16 June, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service crews responded to two large fire incidents in North Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.

Multi-agency partners can confirm that these are not major incidents, however partners are working together to bring the incidents safely to a close.

AW Jenkinson’swarehouse fire - Hespin Wood, Rockcliffe

At 00:38 hours on Thursday 16 June, four fire engines along with the water bowser and aerial ladder appliance from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and two fire engines from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended an incident at AW Jenkinson’s wood waste site at Hespin Wood, Rockcliffe.

The fire involved machinery which spread to a building containing wood chip. Firefighters used two hose reel jets, one ground monitor and breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

Fire crews are currently scaling back the incident and will remain on scene throughout the day.

Agencies can confirm there are no injuries as a result of this incident. Investigations are ongoing to identify a cause to the fire.

UPDATE (15:44, Thursday 16 June):

We can confirm that the incident no longer requires direct firefighting as a proactive intervention and the premises is now back in the hands of the Site Management team at AW Jenkinson. Fire crews will be monitoring the site over the next 24 hours as a precautionary measure.

JJC Scrap Metal Merchants warehouse fire - Sandscale Park, Barrow-in-Furness

At 00:23 hours on Thursday 16 June, six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform attended an incident at JJC Scrap Metal Merchants warehouse at Sandscale Park, Barrow-in-Furness.

The fire involved mixed domestic refuse in an open building. Firefighters used five main jets, four breathing apparatus and two ground monitors.

Fire crews are still in attendance at this incident and will remain on scene over the next 24 hours. There is smoke in the area which is unpleasant however the current wind direction is directing smoke away from residential areas and across the Walney channel. Should the wind direction change, local residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed. 

Agencies can confirm there are no injuries as a result of this incident. Investigations are ongoing to identify a cause to the fire.

UPDATE (15:44, Thursday 16 June):

Fire crews remain on scene and are working with the site team to retrieve the waste from the warehouse, extinguish and safely dispose of it.

There is smoke in the area which is unpleasant however the current wind direction is directing smoke away from residential areas and across the Walney channel. Should the wind direction change, local residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s Area Manager Andy Lee, said:

“The swift and professional response of our crews meant that we were able to get on top of both incidents quickly and work throughout the night to bring it under control. Crews will continue their work at the scene of both incidents today as they damp down any remaining hotspots and ensure the safety of the area.”

Cumbria’s Director of Public Health, Colin Cox said:

"An assessment carried out early into the incidents identified the risk to health from any air pollution as very low. However due to the ongoing smoke in the areas, air quality levels will be affected. The advice from Public Health is that residents in these areas who are affected by the smoke should stay indoors and keep any windows and doors closed. Whilst the risk to health from the smoke is low, because any smoke is an irritant, it can make people’s eyes and throat sore. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions may be particularly susceptible to the smoke and should carry and use their medication (such as inhalers) as usual.

“The general advice therefore remains that if possible, people should try to remain out of the smoke. Any residents with any concerns about their individual health should contact their GP Practice or NHS 111.”

INCIDENT UPDATE | Friday 17 June

On Thursday 16 June we informed you of two commercial property fires in North Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, taking place at the following sites:

  • AW Jenkinson’s warehouse fire - Hespin Wood, Rockcliffe.
  • JJC Scrap Metal Merchants warehouse fire - Sandscale Park, Barrow-in-Furness.

We can confirm that both fires are now fully extinguished. Fire crews will continue to monitor the sites as a precautionary measure throughout the next 24 hours.

 

We would like to thank local residents for their cooperation as we dealt with these incidents.


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In the early hours of Thursday 16 June, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service crews responded to two large fire incidents in North Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness.