Exclusion zone as firefighters tackle shed blaze

Shed fire in Mossbrook Drive, Cottam. Picture by Shaun Walton

Shed fire in Mossbrook Drive, Cottam. Picture by Shaun Walton

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Fire crews were called after a blaze broke out in a shed in Preston.

Fire engines from Preston and Fulwood went to Mossbrook Drive in Cottam, where a shed containing cylinders was on fire.

Shed fire in Mossbrook Drive, Cottam. Picture by Shaun Walton

Shed fire in Mossbrook Drive, Cottam. Picture by Shaun Walton

They were called at about 11.30am on Saturday, and the shed was “well involved in fire” when crews arrived.

Group manager Shaun Walton said: “Cylinders can be a hazard because they can explode, so we sent two fire engines to it from Fulwood and Preston.

“The shed was well involved in fire that was impinging on the side of the house, and threatening to get into the roof space.

“The flames spread and damaged the eaves of the house, but we managed to contain it.

“We put crews into the loft space with breathing apparatus to stop it spreading, and dealt with the fire involving the shed with crews in breathing apparatus and jets.”
An exclusion zone was put up around the scene, in case of any explosions.

Group manager Walton said: “We identified there were barbecue and camping cylinders, so we moved people away.

“We had a 50m zone that we managed ourselves at the scene, luckily it was a small cul-de-sac so there wasn’t much footfall.

“We stopped the spread to the property and it didn’t spread any further.”

Nobody was hurt in the fire, thought to have started accidentally.

The shed and its contents were completely destroyed in the blaze.