Hereford High Town fire - update 13.20 (video)

First published in News

A press conference is due to be held this afternoon following this morning's fire in High Town, Hereford.

Large parts of High Town are still closed after the blaze at the Card Shop.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were first called at 4.25am this morning and crews from Hereford were at the scene within minutes.

They found a large fire in several shops in High Town, involving three four-storey buildings, some with heritage importance.

There were 25 fire engines at the scene at the height of the fire, most of them from across Herefordshire, plus support from neighbouring Service areas.

As many as 60 firefighters in breathing apparatus helped tackle the fire, and two aerial ladder platforms, two aerial jets, eight firefighting jets and four hose reels were used along with the Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) appliance.

Two water carriers also attended along with the Incident Support Unit from Droitwich and the Environmental Protection Unit from Evesham, while Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) equipment was also used to gain access to premises during the course of the incident.

Assistant Chief Officer at H&WFRS, Tony Prosser said: “Fortunately the premises were unoccupied as the fire broke out and there was no one injured.

“Fire officers were at the scene very quickly and were able to stop the fire spreading laterally, although it was a particularly complicated incident to tackle.

"Thanks to their intervention and the multi-agency involvement, fire damage and disruption to the local business community has been kept to a minimum."

He confirmed that the fire is now under control although several fire appliances are still at the scene damping down.

Police and fire officers are now working to investigate how the fire started.

The Hereford Times will bring further news following the press conference.

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2:12pm Thu 21 Oct 10

cursor says...

Well done to the emergency services for making sure this fire wasn't a bigger catastrophe. This could have been much, much worse. Kudos.
Well done to the emergency services for making sure this fire wasn't a bigger catastrophe. This could have been much, much worse. Kudos. cursor
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12:55pm Fri 22 Oct 10

mrsimon says...

Why are the wiggin articles posts being deleted and comments now disabled?

Poor poor poor censorship.
Why are the wiggin articles posts being deleted and comments now disabled? Poor poor poor censorship. mrsimon
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2:00pm Fri 22 Oct 10

awoman says...

Yes - it seems we are only 'allowed' to comment on certain topics on this Hereford Times site. I wonder why this is - and who makes the decision?
Yes - it seems we are only 'allowed' to comment on certain topics on this Hereford Times site. I wonder why this is - and who makes the decision? awoman
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3:59pm Fri 22 Oct 10

mrsimon says...

Firstly - it's bad to hijack articles but I felt like I needed to ask it... regarding this one, its bad that some of the older buildings got damaged, luckily the old town hall was far enough away.

Just hope those involved gets the insurance to help them deal with the repairs.


Secondly I got a link to an article about disabling comments from the authors - which specifically references Bill Wiggin.

It would have been better for them to moderate the obviously bad comments and allow the rest. Of course there are going to be some negative comments, else what is the point.

Knee jerk and lazy is what it is.
Firstly - it's bad to hijack articles but I felt like I needed to ask it... regarding this one, its bad that some of the older buildings got damaged, luckily the old town hall was far enough away. Just hope those involved gets the insurance to help them deal with the repairs. Secondly I got a link to an article about disabling comments from the authors - which specifically references Bill Wiggin. It would have been better for them to moderate the obviously bad comments and allow the rest. Of course there are going to be some negative comments, else what is the point. Knee jerk and lazy is what it is. mrsimon
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