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Tough task for fire crews at Andreas

Thu, 05 May 2011

Fire crews were left with a tough task after a fire broke out at an industrial unit at Andreas Airfield.


The building was well alight when crews arrived at scene yesterday evening.


The situation was intensified by gas cylinders which were leaking in the heat.


Because of this, and the danger of the asbestos roof breaking up, crews couldn't safely attack the fire.


They decided to take a defensive stance and protect the surrounding area by fighting the fire from the outside.


It took two hours to bring it under control.


Fire fighters from Kirk Michael were drafted in to make sure the north of the Island wasn't left without fire cover while the Ramsey crews fought the flames.


Water supplies were also a problem and a crew from Douglas had to attend with a 1000 gallon tank.


It's believed it was started by a bonfire which had been left smouldering nearby.


The Fire Service says bonfires should be away from buildings and shouldn't be left unattended.


Do you have any pictures or video of the fire? If so please send them in to



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