Featherstone garage inferno probe

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Fire investigators were today still trying to establish what caused a blaze at a Featherstone garage which saw 100 residents evacuated from their homes.

More than 30 firefighters from nearby stations battled to keep the fire at Wellburn Transport, Featherstone, under control.

Firefighters from Featherstone, Pontefract, Castleford and Knottingley were called to the garage in Church Lane at 5.17pm on Thurday.

Around 100 local residents within 200 metres of the fire had to be evacuated while crews cooled acetylene cylinders, some of which exploded.

Nearby St Wilfred’s Catholic High School opened its doors to the residents who had been forced from their homes by the blaze.

Station Manager Stephen Fealy, who was incident commander in the early stages of the incident, said: “We would like to thank the evacuated residents for their cooperation in what was a very challenging incident.

“We understand it caused enormous inconvenience, but in cases like this public safety is our priority.

“Thanks to the swift response and quickthinking of firefighters we were able to ensure the fire did not spread to nearby buildings.

“It is important also recognise the wonderful community spirit shown and thank St Wilfred’s Catholic High School for opening its doors to assist residents.”

Two men suffered minor injuries but were released after hospital treatment.

Fire investigation officers are currently working with West Yorkshire Police to establish a cause.


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