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Fire crews in three hour battle at Appleton


FIREFIGHTERS fought a three-hour battle to extinguish a fire involving a portable building at Appleton, Warrington, last night.
The building off Barleycastle Lane was completely destroyed and two gas cylinders were at risk of exploding during the operation.
But fire crews from Stockton Heath and Lymm used a main jet and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire and cool down the gas cylinders which were eventually made safe.
The fire was at about 8.15pm and it is suspected it was caused by arsonists.
Firefighters had to cut through a locked gate to reach the blaze. They damped down the whole area to ensure the fire was out and also used a thermal imaging camera to check for any remaining hotspots.
Police were also at the scene and anyone with any information about the fire should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 508298, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In another incident last night, a crew from Penketh fire station tackled a blaze on a children’s play area at Kilford Close, Callands.  A tyre had bveen set alight but was extinguished in abouot 15 minutes.
A fire crew from Warrington dealt with a fire on open land off Hilden Road, Padgate. A hose reel jet was used to put out the fire on a footpath.


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