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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Large fire at Ferrybridge C Power Station


Fire crews were called to the site on Stranglands Lane, Ferrybridge at around 13:57 hours today. The Incident which could be seen from miles away saw flames shooting the height on the 4 storey building on the site.

Ten fire engines were sent, which included firefighters from the surrounding stations of Pontefract, Normanton, Featherstone, Castleford and Wakefield.
The third floor of a four-storey building was alight. Firefighters used five ground monitors and three aerial appliances to tackle the fire.



Part of the building has collapsed and firefighters feared that the whole structure could come down as it became more and more unstable.

The fire appeared to be under control at one stage, but then developed again on the top floor. Further appliances were requested increasing the number of pumps to 15. A specialist foam unit from Hunslet station and Hose Layer from Mirfield also attended

A spokeswoman for SSE, which runs the power station, said: “At around 2pm today a serious incident occurred at SSE’s Ferrybridge C power station in West Yorkshire.
The company’s practiced emergency response procedures have been activated. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance and dealing with the incident with assistance from expert engineers on site. All personnel have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported at this stage.


Police sealed off nearby roads and walkways around the site but no homes were evacuated due to the fire.

National Grid said the power station was on summer shutdown and had not been generating electricity.
According to the SSE website it has two 198m-high (650ft) chimneys and eight 115m-high cooling towers, which are the largest of their kind in Europe.
A multi-fuel energy plant is currently being built alongside the power station. It is due to start operating next summer and will be run by Multifuel Energy, a joint venture between SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies.


Thick clouds of black smoke drifted across the nearby M62 and A1 as large flames engulfed Unit 4 at the coal-powered station.
Video shows how part of the tower - believed to be a flue-gas desulphurisation unit - collapsed as the fire raged for several hours.

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Update on Tanker and car collision on M62 Friday 4th July

The accident occurred on the M62 eastbound just before the services on junction 26 and involved an orange VW Polo and Mercedes HGV tanker at 4.20pm on Friday July 4th.


Police would like to speak to the driver of a silver Ford Focus who is thought to have been involved in the build-up to the collision.
It is believed that shortly after approaching at speed from behind and flashing their lights, the driver of the Ford Focus overtook and pulled in front of the Polo in the second lane, causing the driver to break harshly.
When the Polo later went passed the Ford Focus - which was in the first lane - at the exit slip road to the services, the Focus steered right and caused the Polo driver to break suddenly again, leading to the collision with the Mercedes tanker.
The Focus left the scene and was last seen leaving junction 26 and driving up the M606.

The 51-year-old Bradford woman, who was a passenger in the front seat of the Polo, is in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Anyone who has witnessed any part of this incident or who believes they saw this Ford Focus and can provide any further detail about the vehicle to make contact with the Western Area Safer Roads Unit on 101 with information.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Cylinder catches fire inside Featherstone Convenience store



Ground Monitors in use at the front of the building

Fire crews were called to the fire at around 2.15pm this afternoon on Green Lane in Featherstone. The incident was reported by local residents to have occurred as a welder was using his equipment inside the shop when the fire broke out. Crews from Normanton, Castleford and Pontefract attended. 

Breathing, apparatus, control
Breathing apparatus control set up at safe distance

Due to cylinders inside the 2 storey premise crews used defensive mode to put out the fire. Firefighters used 3 Ground Monitors and 4 Breathing apparatus sets. An exclusion zone was set up due to the presence of the cylinders and police set up a cordon.


Police, cordon
Police Cordon in Green Lane



Friday, 4 July 2014

M62 closure as Chemical tanker and car collide near Hartshead services

Scene of the accident on M62
Helimed in attendance landed on M62 eastbound carriageway
The collision happened on the eastbound carriageway between junction 25, A644 (Brighouse) and junction 26, M606 (Chain Bar) at around 4.20pm today.
The female driver of the car suffered a serious leg injury which wasn't thought to be life-threatening.  Both sides of the motorway were closed between junctions 25 and 26 to allow the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to land.

M6s,. serious crash,
Fire crews begin making up equipment

The collision was between a chemical tanker and car both travelling on the eastbound carriageway, near to the Hartshead Moor services.
Four casualties were taken to hospital one by Air Ambulance, they were not physically trapped but the roof had to be removed to extricate the casualties. At one time a leak from the tanker was suspected but this turned out to be antifreeze from the engine
Fire appliances from Brighouse, Elland and Cleckheaton with the Technical Rescue unit attended, along with Police, Highways Agency, Ambulance crews and the Air Ambulance.