Incident directory

2012 - Moor Lane

23/02/2012

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Near miss

Description

Date of event

23rd February 2012

Time of event

11:21 (INITIAL CALL)

Name of premises

Moor Lane

Location

Weston Super Mare (WsM), North Somerset.

Service area

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire.

Property type

Bungalow, approximately 10 m x 6 m.

Premises use

Domestic dwelling.

Construction type and materials

Brick with pitched tile roof on timber trusses.

Occupancy

Single occupancy.

Fire source and location of fire

Deliberate.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) were called to a fire at Moor Lane, Weston Super Mare at 11:21 on the 23rd February 2012. There were multiple calls to the premises and on approach it was evident that the property was well alight with dense smoke and flames issuing from the front door, side window and part of the roof. At the time of call the fire was persons reported and an assistance message, make pumps 4, was sent almost immediately on arrival of the first crews. Access round the back of the premises (sector 3) was initially not possible due to the intensity of the fire and smoky conditions.

The weather was observed to be windy with strong gusts. Fast moving clouds meant the sunlight conditions alternated between bright sunshine to cloud cover frequently, during the time of the incident.

The first BA crew fought the fire from the front of the premises and became aware of intense electrical activity just inside the front door area, later found to be in the area of the consumer unit and solar panel inverter unit. It was also noticed, but not initially understood why, during the firefighting activities that the electrical activity peaked when the cloud cover cleared and died down when the cloud obscured the sun.

Further BA crews were committed to the back of the premises during the incident and it was realised that there were solar panels present at the rear of the premises that faced South. At the time of the incident it was not possible to isolate the solar panels or cover them due to the structural condition of the roof, although unsuccessful attempts were made to cover them with a tarpaulin.

There were no injuries to members of the public or firefighters.

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Photo 1

Rear view of bungalow. Image, A. Course.

Photo 2

Front view of bungalow. Image, A. Course.

Photo 3

Exposed cables within the premises, it was assumed that they were still live at time of image taking, image A. Course.

Photo 4

Rear view of bungalow. Image, A. Course.

Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

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IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

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Avon and Somerset Police Incident Report/s

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South West Ambulance Service Incident Report

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Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

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Coroner’s report/s and/or regulation 28 notices

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