Person missing after fireworks blaze

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site

Firework factory ablaze

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Footage of the fireworks going off as the blaze took hold

One person is missing after a large blaze at a fireworks factory that saw two people taken to hospital.

Dramatic bursts of fireworks and thick smoke could be seen as the fire burned in Stafford on Thursday night.

Although the blaze at the unit of SP Fireworks was brought under control, firefighters remained at the scene through the night.

The emergency services said they were working with the family of the person who remained unaccounted for.

In total four people were hurt in the fire, which started at about 17:00 GMT and tore through the building on the Baswich Industrial Estate.

At its peak, the blaze was being tackled by about 50 firefighters.

Staffordshire Police said the site would be searched once the fire was completely out, as the operation moved into an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Still from a mobile phone taken by Jacob Willcox of the fire at SP Fireworks in Tilcon Avenue, Stafford

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Tim Hyde from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue: ”It’s too unsafe to enter the premises”

Supt Jane Hewett said: “We’re working very closely with all the emergency services and we’re in a position now that we’re waiting for the fire brigade to let us know when we can move forward and try and establish how and why this fire has occurred.

“We are working really closely with colleagues as well to try and identify the numbers of individuals that may have been in the premises at the time.

“What I can say at this time is that we do have one person unaccounted for. We are working with their family.

“We will continue to make enquiries to try and establish their whereabouts.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service said they treated four people at the scene and two needed to be taken to hospital – a man in his 40s who had received serious burns and a man in his 60s who had inhaled smoke.

A number of roads in the area were closed and businesses and homes were evacuated.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-29844774#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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