There was a large fire at a Bedford Coach Workshop on January 13th with some impressive pictures taken by pilots out monitoring water levels on a potential flood plain for Bedford Borough Council. Click here to see ITV news website for more images.
Due to fuel oil onsite extra fire fighting appliances and water trucks were sent to help bring the flames under control and reduce the risk of escalation. Vehicles were removed from the site to reduce fire risk but 500 litres of fuel in containers remained.
You can see from the images that the smoke was dense so fire fighters from Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue had to wear breathing appliances and local residents were asked to stay indoors while keeping doors and windows closed to reduce the risk of breathing fumes.
There’s some nice detail in this article regarding the tactics including the use of a water curtain to keep the flames from spreading to diesel stores and the coming together of different parts of the community in support of resolving the situation. We are not sure how the fire started.