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Explosion was fire in machine

AROUND 60 firefighters were called to a factory in Balsall Common at teatime on Tuesday to deal with an "explosion", which turned out to be a fire in machinery.

AROUND 60 firefighters were called to a factory in Balsall Common at teatime on Tuesday to deal with an "explosion", which turned out to be a fire in machinery.

The alarm was raised at Arden Wood Shavings, off Kenilworth Road, at 5.28pm. Ten crews were initially sent to the scene.

Incident commander Lea McDonald said: "We arrived to be told there had been some sort of small explosion in a hopper, which leads to a building used as a holding area for sawdust. There were two seats of fire.

"The fire started in a hopper and transferred via a conveyor belt system to what could be described as two big silos.

"Machinery and quite a large quantity of sawdust was involved."

The fire was confined inside the building, constructed of breeze blocks.

The initial response involved crews from Canley, Sheldon, Solihull, Hay Mills and other areas of Coventry and Birmingham. Three relief crews stayed throughout the night and the incident was concluded shortly after midday on Wednesday.

Workers were at the factory at the time of the outbreak but noone was injured.

A similar fire involving machinery occurred there about three months ago. Canleybased Watch Commander McDonald said yesterday (Thursday) that the latest incident was "still under investigation".

 

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