Fire in Ashford scrap yard
UPDATE: 10.03am (1 April) by 6pm Thursday evening,(31 March)the firefighting operation was complete and crews had handed over to the site manager. Crews left the scene around 6.30pm.
UPDATE: 3.35pm Fire crews have spent over six hours tackling a huge scrap yard blaze on Ellingham Industrial Estate, Ashford today. About 50 firefighters have been battling to control the fire which started at around 9am this morning. The deep seated fire involved scrap metal, cars and tyres which made getting access to the source of the blaze difficult and provided a challenging scenario for fire crews.
Residents living or working close to Ellingham Industrial Estate are being reminded to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution due to smoke.
Additional water supplies are being provided via a bulk water carrier, hydrant and by using special pumps to take water from a nearby open water source.
Firefighters have worked extremely hard to stop the blaze spreading and to bring it under control. They are using mechanical machinery to break up the stack and good progress is being made.
Crews in breathing apparatus are using three main jets to tackle the blaze and a height vehicle is being used as a water tower.
Eight fire engines along with a height vehicle, command support unit, incident support unit and other specialist vehicles are still at the scene but it is anticipated that the incident will shortly be reduced to four fire engines. Crews are likely to remain at the scene for some time.
UPDATE 1:30pm KFRS is still at the scene of a large fire in a car scrap metal yard in Ellingham Industrial Estate, Ashford. Eight fire engines, approximately 50 firefighters and a range of specialist equipment are dealing with the incident which involves around 40 cars, a quantity of scrap metal and tyres that are alight.
Fire crews are using light portable pumps to take water from the East Stour River to provide a water tower from one of the height vehicles to assist with the firefighting effort, as well as five main jets.
Local residents are being reminded to keep doors and windows closed due to the large smoke plume.
UPDATE 11:14am Around forty firefighters, six fire engines, a height vehicle and other specialist vehicles are at the scene of a fire in a scrap metal yard on an industrial estate in Ashford. The fire involves an area of approximately 80 square metres of scrap metal and cars that are alight. Firefighters are using 5 main jets to suppress the blaze and prevent it spreading.
UPDATE 10:14am Fire crews in breathing apparatus are using three main jets and a hydrant to tackle a deep seated fire in a car scrap yard.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responding to a fire in a car scrap yard in Ellingham Way, Ashford. Crews are currently tackling a blaze involving several vehicles and tyres.
Any nearby residents are asked to keep doors and windows closed due to the large plume of smoke in the area.
Special and Support vehicles
- Height vehicle
- Command support unit
- Incident support unit
- Water safety unit
- Bulk water carrier