Fire experts investigate blaze at tyres factory

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By Denna Bowman

Fire experts are investigating how a blaze broke out at a UK tyres factory on Saturday morning.

Four fire crews tackled the blaze which took hold at the part of the Cooper Tire factory in Melksham which cures tyres, according to a report in the Express and Herald.

The firefighters were back up with support from a control unit from Devizes and an aerial ladder from Bath .

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to enter 30m into the building with their hoses and tackle the flames. Their task was made more difficult by the fact that the area was was supplied with high voltage electricity and steam power, and thermal imaging cameras were used to locate and tackle the fire, according to the report.

Close liaison with on-site engineers enabled crews to isolate the fire sprinkler system, which had successfully held the fire in check.

Crews remained at the scene for some hours stripping out ceiling cladding and checking extract fans to ensure the fire would not reignite.

The fire is believed to have been accidental, although the exact cause is still under investigation.

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