agencies in talks over fire near homes

The scene of the fire. Left image: @kelmaddox. Right: @burtonuk

A safety review and fire investigation is underway after materials ignited at Axil Integrated Services at the Cannock Industrial Center in Walkmill Lane, Bridgtown on Monday.

More than 40 firefighters battled the blaze at its peak as frightened residents fled their homes after being woken by banging noises that quickly turned into explosions.

In a statement, Cannock Chase council said: ‘Following Monday’s fire, a meeting has now taken place involving the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency, Walsall Housing Group and advising Cannock Chase with Axil Integrated Services as owner of the chemical storage site. .

“Responsibility for regulating activities carried out at the Axil site, with regard to implications for air or water pollution, lies with the Environment Agency, with the Health & Safety Executive taking responsibility for regulating and enforcing occupational health and safety standards.

The Axil Chemical Waste Transfer Plant at Cannock Industrial Center off Haling Way

“The Environment Agency is currently investigating this incident and will be able to present its findings in a few weeks. Once the results are available, the council and Walsall Housing Group will liaise with the agency on how best to communicate the relevant information to residents.

“Council will also help review current fire mitigation measures in place and work with partners to ensure residents are informed of the outcome of these considerations.

“Walsall Housing Group has been in contact with tenants since the incident and we understand that Axil will produce and distribute information to residents living nearby, reassuring about the continued safety of the site.

“In the meantime, we are grateful for the rapid response of the firefighters, who brought the fire under control very quickly, thanks to well-rehearsed plans drawn up in consultation with Axil.”

The fire department said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but may be related to the recent thunderstorm as water-reactive materials were present in the yard.

Residents clean up spray cans next to the heat resistant barrier at Haling Way

Residents living near Haling Way and Barge Close were among those evacuated from their homes by emergency services shortly after 6.30am. The heat blew up spray cans on the street behind the fenced depot. At least one vehicle was hit and cans were blown onto rooftops in the rear gardens.

Some residents have appealed to housing bosses to relocate them due to security concerns.


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