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Four fire crews battle Winchcombe blaze
FIREFIGHTERS spent nearly three hours tackling a fire near Winchcombe.
Crews were called to the blaze at the Hollingsworth and Vose factory, Postlip Mill, just after 10.30pm yesterday after an automatic fire alarm went off.
Firefighters from Winchcombe were initially called but asked for back-up after realising there was actually a fire.
Three further crews from Cheltenham East, Cheltenham West and Gloucester North fire station fire stations were called along with an aerial appliance and water carrier to tackle the blaze which was in the machinery roof space.
The officer in charge at the scene said: “Due to the nature of this fire, it had the potential to spread.
“However because we had a number of resources in attendance promptly, we were able to contain to the fire to the roof space.”
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue service confirmed the blaze was accidental and there was slight damage to the extractor system and the roof timbers.
This is the fourth fire in five years to break out at the mill.
Seventy firefighters from across Gloucestershire and Worcestershire battled for eight hours to control a fire at the mill that had spread to machinery and into the roof space in September last year.
In April 2008, seven crews were called to a fire in a chimney duct. No serious damage was caused.
About 100 workers had to be evacuated in April 2010 when a small fire broke out in the roof. The blaze caused minimal damage.
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