Garage fire started with explosion

21 Jan 2013

An electrical fault is believed to have been responsible for an explosion heard in Plymouth around midnight on Wednesday, January 16, which led to a fire breaking out at a car repair garage.

North Hill Repair Centre went up in flames at around 11.30pm, according to the Herald newspaper, and the fire was attended to by eight different fire crews. Around 50 firefighters from Greenbank, Crownhill, Ivybridge, Plympton, Camels Head, Plymstock and Yelverton were at the scene.

Additional services attended the fire at around 1am, by which time lighting was also being provided by an incident support unit. Local electrics were isolated by Western Power and BT to prevent further incidents.

Structural engineers inspected the damage done by the fire the following morning, as a section of Mutley Plain remained closed. As a fire safety precaution, some surrounding roads were also closed to traffic.

No one was injured in the incident, which was described by a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police as "substantial". The initial belief that an electrical fault caused the explosion will be confirmed when an investigation is launched to determine the exact cause of the blaze.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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