Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Oil storage site fire under control

A general view of Kingsnorth Industrial Estate where more than 60 firefighters are tacking a major blaze

A major blaze at a waste oil storage site has been brought under control after more than 60 firefighters worked through the night.

The blaze initially involved two road tankers but quickly spread to plastic storage containers and drums containing more than 1,000 litres of oil at the Kingsnorth Industrial Estate in Hoo just after 11pm on Friday night.

There were no reports of any casualties.

Firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) were joined by crews from Essex and London as they battled to control the flames.

They managed to contain floods of burning oil which flowed onto open land adjacent to the storage site but are expected to remain at the scene while the highly-flammable fluid burns off.

Special appliances including three foam units, compressed air foam appliances, a high volume pump, and a height vehicle attended the incident.

KFRS area manager Graham Gash said: "Crews have done a great job in fighting this serious fire and successfully managing to prevent it spreading further and damaging nearby buildings.

"We worked alongside our partners, from the London Fire Brigade and Essex Fire and Rescue Service, and I think praise goes to everyone for a job well done.

"We will stay on today to damp down the fire."

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