Page last updated at 08:18 GMT, Thursday, 3 December 2009

Crews tackle large warehouse fire

Firefighters at the scene called for further assistance

About 60 firefighters have tackled a fire which badly damaged a warehouse in Worcester.

Fire broke out at the Midlands Power Machinery premises on Orchard Street on Wednesday night.

Residents within a 200-metre (656 ft) exclusion zone were evacuated for about two hours. It was set up because of gas cylinders and oil in the premises.

Part of the A38 Bath Road, between Diglis Lane and Timberdine Avenue, was closed to traffic.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service said the building had been "well alight".

'Very unpredictable'

Mick Cadman from the service said: "We evacuated for 200 metres. That's for safety in case the cylinders explode.

"If a cylinder is involved in a fire in can be very unpredictable so we did that as a precaution."

Further calls from firefighters on the scene led to 10 crews attending the blaze.

Crews from Malvern, Bromsgrove, Stourport and Pershore were among those who attended.

Print Sponsor

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific