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Monday 27 January 2014

Ongoing incident: Fire at Hutchins Crewe


Incident Id: 1307

Date/Time: 27/01/2014 - 14:21

Address: Herbert Street in Crewe.

Attendance: two fire engines from Crewe, one from Sandbach, one from Holmes Chapel and one from Middlewich.


Firefighters tackle a large blaze in CreweFlames at start of incidentFirefighters were called to a report of smoke coming from the area of Herbert Street in Crewe.

When they arrived crews found that the incident involved three commercial greenhouses.

There are currently five fire engines at the scene dealing with the incident.

People living nearby are advised to keep their windows shut to avoid homes being filled with smoke.

Further updates will be issued as the incident progresses.

Update 15:00

The incident is at Hutchins on Herbert Street. Fire crews have set up what we call 'water curtains' to protect the neighbouring properties, which have been evacuated as a precaution. The incident does involve a high voltage electricity cable and crews are liaising with Manweb.

Update 15:30

Crews are continuing to fight the fire which is giving off thick black smoke. People should continue to keep their windows and doors closed to prevent it from entering homes and property.

Sydney Road has been closed.  This incident is likely to cause significant disruption and so people are advised to avoid the area.

Firefighters tackle a fire in Crewe

Update 16:00

Firefighters have made good progress in tackling the fire. A further three fire engines have been sent to the scene.

Further updates will be issued as the incident progresses.


Firefighters tackling a large fire in Crewe

Update 17:00

The incident is still ongoing. Manweb have had to turn the power off to a number of homes on Herbert Street and Foxholme Court, Crewe. Those residents affected are being advised to go to the Sydney Arms Pub where more information will be available.

Update 17:30

Sydney Road remains closed at this time.  Hopefully it will be open again soon but avoid the area at the moment. Thanks for your patience everybody we know this incident has caused some disruption. We’re doing all we can to deal with it.
The firefighting is going well although we expect to be at the scene for some time to come. Local church members offer free refreshments
Twisted wreckage at the scene

Update 19:30

All road closures in the area have now been lifted although a police cordon remains in place in Herbert Street. Electricity in the area continues to be affected as engineers have had to isolate some supplies to allow firefighters to completely extinguish flames on the site.

Crews working with engineers from Scottish Power to make safe the telegraph pole and transformer on the site. Cordon reduced to 50 metres.

Update 20:15

The number of fire engines at the scene is being reduced down to two. Police are allowing nearby residents back into their homes as Scottish Power continue to work on restoring electricity supplies.

Local church members offered free refreshments

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