Frodsham fire crew in three-hour battle at Delamere

A FIRE crew from Frodsham was involved in a three-hour battle to extinguish a blaze involving open grassland at Delemere.
Crews from Winsford and Chester were also involved in the operation on land off Station Road, Delamere yesterday.
Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 3.30pm to discover it was a case of controlled burning that had got out-of-control and spread to about 45 metres of grass banking which formed part of a previous silage pit, containing a large number of old tyres.
It had spread to the tyres, causing a large amount of smoke.
About 50 or 60 tyres were ablaze and flames had also spread to a tree..
A water shuttle was set up to get enough water to the area.
Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus each used a hose reel jet to fight the fire.
Once the fire appeared to be out the whole affected area was damped down to make it safe.
Firefighters worked with a farmer to remove the top edge of the banking, with the aid of a tractor, to ensure the fire was not deep seated.
This involved removing the front and top edge of the banking which revealed no signs of deep seats of fire.
But firefighters continued to damp down the area to
ensure that the fire didn’t reignite.
Latterly the number of fire engines was reduced to one and crews were able to leave the scene by 6.46pm.

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