Incident directory

1993 - Sun Valley

06/09/1993

Country:

UK

  • Building Fires

Severity:

Fatal

Description

Date of event

6th September 1993

Time of event

11:44 HRS (INITIAL CALL)

Name of premises

Sun Valley Poultry Ltd.

Location

Widemarsh Common, Hereford.

Service area

Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade (HWFB) now Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).

Nature of incident

Fire.

Property type

Industrial warehouse covering approximately 2 hectares.

Premises use

Food processing.

Construction type and materials

Steel frame, some brick walls with a variety of sandwich panels with different core materials including expanded polystyrene (EPS), Polyurethane (PU) and some limited Rockwool cored panels over a concrete base.

Occupancy

Staff (approximately 300).

Fire source and location of fire

Accidental ignition involving a defrosting machine spreading to whole building.

Synopsis

Brief Synopsis

Sun Valley Poultry processed large quantities of chicken meat. A faulty defrosting machine caused a fire that quickly spread to other contents the structure of the building. The premises covered approximately 2 hectares and was evacuated in under 2 minutes. Fire spread through the combustible core sandwich panels leading too large volumes of smoke delamination and internal structural collapse of panels. 2 fire-fighters became trapped in the collapsing building and died.

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Main findings, key lessons & areas for learning

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

Fire & Rescue Service summary of main findings, key lessons & recommendations

Limited information identified to date.

FBU summary of main findings, key lessons & recommendations

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

IFE Commentary & lessons if applicable

None produced at this time.

Known available source documents

Further information hoping to be identified and still to be located.

FRS Incident Report/s

Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade. (circa 1993). Interim report No.1. Fire, Sun Valley Poultry Ltd. [pdf].

David O’Dwyer. (circa 1993). Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade’s Response to a Health and Safety Improvement Notice. [pdf] Fire Engineers Journal. September 1995.

FBU Incident Report/s

No report information identified to date and/or still to be located. Please see discharge of improvement notices documents for improvement notices.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Incident Report/s and/or improvement notices

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

West Mercia Police Incident Report/s

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Incident Report

None available at this time.

Building Research Establishment (BRE) Reports/investigations/research

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

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

No information identified to date and/or still to be located.

Other information sources

Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade. (1994). Discharge of improvement notices 940282. Document 1 . [pdf]. [Accessed 19th October 2016].

Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade. (1994). Discharge of improvement notices 940283. Document 2 . [pdf]. [Accessed 19th October 2016].

Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade. (1994). Discharge of improvement notices 940282 & 940283. [pdf]. Document 3 . [pdf]. [Accessed 19th October 2016].

The British Plastics Federation. (unknown date). Sun Valley Revisited. [pdf] [Accessed 5th September 2016].

O'Dwyer, D. (1995). Deadly sandwich panels: something must be done. Fire 88 (1081) July 1995 p35

Shipp, M, P., Morgan, P., Stirling, C., Jones, D. and Malone, S.(1997). An initial review of the fire safety of large insulated sandwich panels. Home office Fire Research and Development Group FRDG Publication No 3/97.

Morgan, P and Shipp, M, P. (1999). Firefighting options for fires involving sandwich panels. FRDG Publication 3/99 Home office.

Lynch, A. (1999). Signalling the way to fight sandwich panel fires. [pdf] Fire 92 No 1131 p13.

O'Dwyer, D. (1995). Hereford & Worcester fire brigades response to a health and safety improvement notice. Fire engineers journal. September, 1995.

Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade (H&WFB). (1993). Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade interim report No.1, fire Sun Valley poultry ltd. Widemarsh common, Hereford 11:44 Hrs. 6th September 1993. [pdf]. (H&WFB).

Service learning material

Unknown author. (Unknown date). Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade; Sun Valley Poultry Ltd, Widemarsh Common, Hereford 6th September 1993. [PowerPoint]. Available here. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).

Justice, D. (2011). Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service; Sun Valley Poultry Ltd, Widemarsh Common, Hereford 6th September 1993. [PowerPoint]. Available here . Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).

Videos available

 1 Intro news clip

 2 internal

 6 ambulance departure

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