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Fleet lost in fire college blaze


Firefighters tackle college blaze

A fleet of 11 fire engines worth £1.3m and belonging to the national Fire Service College in Gloucestershire has been destroyed in a blaze.

The engines, costing £116,000 each, were stored in a workshop at the college in Moreton-in-Marsh, along with diesel and hydraulic oil.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service sent 58 firefighters to the fire. Crews from two other counties assisted.

An investigation is under way to establish the cause.

Sally Sheen, of the Fire Service College, said she was grateful to the fire services of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.

She said: "The local fire service has contained the fire to the scene of origin. No-one was hurt and the main business of the Fire Service College will carry on as normal."

Firefighters at the college fire
Almost 60 firefighters dealt with the blaze at the college

Charlie Hendry, of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said: "The fire service is used to dealing with emergencies.

"We are all pleased to have been able to rally round and support Sally Sheen and all her staff to continue what they do best and that is to provide first-class training for the fire and rescue service."

The college said the building was severely damaged in the fire, but that the majority of other buildings and training fleet had been saved and that it "would be business as usual for the college."

The Fire Service College has been in the market town for 38 years. It provides specialist courses for emergency workers from the UK and overseas and can accommodate 600 students on the site.

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