Mirfield homes evacuated after garage gas blaze fears
Jun 14 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
DOZENS of people were evacuated from their Mirfield homes because of a garage blaze.
Residents were urged to leave as police and fire chiefs feared gas cylinders inside the workshops could explode.
It meant many people had to spend the night away from their homes, as police threw a 200-metre security cordon around the blazing premises last night.
Most of those who left their homes following the start of the fire in Savile Place yesterday afternoon were able to stay with friends and relatives.
But some were given shelter at Mirfield Sports Centre in Kitson Hill Road before being bussed to local hotels to spend the night.
A major emergency planning operation involving fire officers, police, ambulance personnel and Kirklees Council swung into top gear shortly after the blaze was discovered at 1.30pm.
Firefighters from Mirfield, Dewsbury and Batley were called to the scene and found the entire 20m x 10m building well ablaze.
This picture was snet to us by Examiner reader Alan Pollard.
They discovered acetylene cylinders inside and feared a huge explosion.
Fire officer Steve Sealey said: “It is certainly a major incident and a very volatile situation.
“The fire crews have had to withdraw for safety reasons and we are using remote ground monitors which are pouring water on to the blaze.
“The acetylene cylinders could explode at any time and our main concern was the safety of the immediate community and our fire crews.
“The emergency planning operation worked very well. Police called at every house within a 200 metre radius and advised people to leave their homes.
“It is not mandatory and some did choose to stay, but others did leave. It seems likely the situation will continue for at least 24 hours”.