Workshop fire in West Calder

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Crews tackled a blaze at a workshop containing quantities of hazardous materials yesterday evening

Workshop 1The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was called shortly before midnight yesterday (11:55pm, Wednesday 5 August) to attend a fire at a workshop on Young Street in West Calder.

Two appliances from Livingston Fire Station were deployed to the scene. On arrival, crews requested further assistance and two appliances from Bathgate, an appliance from Broxburn and a height appliance from Sighthill Fire Station were sent to the address. Due to the scale of the incident a command support unit was also sent from Liberton Fire Station.

On arrival of the SFRS crews the single story brick workshop (approximately 50m x 75m) was well alight. Firefighters used two high pressure hose reels and one line of hose to extinguish the fire and prevent flames from spreading to a neighbouring property. Crews also used a turntable ladder as a water tower as they dampened down the building.

Group Manager Stuart Stevens said:

“Crews from Livingston, Bathgate, Broxburn and Sighthill attended a major fire at a workshop in West Calder last night. Firefighters tackled the blaze and successfully prevented it from spreading to a neighbouring property. I’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone involved in the incident for helping to bring the fire under control and making the scene safe in such a timely and professional way. Due to hazardous materials on site, this was a very volatile situation – thanks to the efforts of our crews there were no casualties and further damage to property was prevented.”

The workshop contained quantities of methanol and biodiesel. As hazardous materials were contained within the building, an environmental pod from Crewtoll Fire Station was deployed and SFRS requested that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency attended the incident. Firefighters blocked drains around the property in case any hazardous materials had leaked from their containers. West Lothian Building Control were requested to determine the structural integrity of the building and the Scottish Ambulance Service attended the incident as a precautionary measure for firefighter safety.

An investigation into what started the blaze is being conducted by the SFRS Fire Investigation Unit.

SFRS had extinguished the fire and made the scene safe by around 2am.

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