Six fire crews tackled blaze through night – fire service statement

Firefighters tackled a large blaze through the night at the Old Richard Read depot on Longhope Business Park.

Fire broke out at around 9pm last night (Tuesday, June 1) at around 9pm and six fire crews[1] rushed to the scene.

The A4136 between Huntley and Mitcheldean was closed throughout the night but police confirmed the road reopened this morning.

Residents as far as five miles away[2] reported hearing a large ‘explosion’ when the fire broke out.

The fire has since been extinguished and there are no reports of any injuries.

Photos taken from the scene show huge flames with thick plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.

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The fire service advised residents nearby to keep their windows closed.

Gloucestershire Police[3] Dogs Section also assisted at the scene.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service put out the blaze at around 1am and left the area at 6am this morning (Wednesday, June 2).

The fire service said in a statement: “We’ve been called to a large fire at a commercial premises at Longhope Business Park on Monmouth Road.

“The initial call to report the incident was received at 9.18pm.

“Six crews are in attendance from Cinderford, Gloucester North, Cheltenham, Gloucester South and Newent.

“They are still there but the fire is under control.

“Residents nearby who could be affected are urged to keep their windows closed due to smoke in the air.”

References

  1. ^ six fire crews (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ five miles away (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Gloucestershire Police (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)