Roof of smoke house at fire training centre in Easingwold badly damaged by blaze after exercise

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the fire training centre

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the fire training centre

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AN EXERCISE at North Yorkshire's fire training centre has ended with a building's roof being destroyed in a blaze.

Up to 20 firefighters from Easingwold, Acomb, York and Huntington were called out to the centre in Easingwold yesterday afternoon to tackle the blaze in a 'smoke house' - used to train firefighters how to deal with smoky conditions.

They donned breathing apparatus and used hose reel jets and removed ridge tiles before getting the blaze under control by teatime, but the second floor and roof were badly damaged.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said: "At this time we have no cause for the fire, however a fire investigation will be carried out."

Group Manager Carl Boasman said a group of staff, including auxiliary firefighters recruited to maintain the public's safety during strikes by firefighters, had been involved in an exercise in the building prior to the blaze.

He said instructors had noticed smoke was still coming from the empty building after the exercise was over, and efforts were made to tackle the fire, but firefighters had to be called in to help.

He said that although cosmetic smoke could be pumped into the buildings, fires could also be started in braziers to ensure trainees experienced heat and flames as well as smoke.

Measures were in place to prevent these fires setting fire to the building, and the investigation was looking into why they might have failed to work.

He added that the auxiliaries were all former firefighters who had been recruited to maintain the public's safety during a long running dispute between the FBU union and the Government over pensions.

He did not know as yet how much it would cost to repair the roof, he added.

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4:31pm Fri 16 May 14

again says...

It could happen to anyone..
It could happen to anyone.. again
  • Score: 4

5:55pm Fri 16 May 14

Dan Atkinson says...

"... efforts were made to tackle the fire, but firefighters had to be called in to help."

Efforts were made by whom?!

It's a firefighting centre, surely there were already professional firefighters on hand to deal with it. Or did they send the admin staff up there with a wet rag to try and damp it down before they gave up, swallowed their pride and dialled 999?
"... efforts were made to tackle the fire, but firefighters had to be called in to help." Efforts were made by whom?! It's a firefighting centre, surely there were already professional firefighters on hand to deal with it. Or did they send the admin staff up there with a wet rag to try and damp it down before they gave up, swallowed their pride and dialled 999? Dan Atkinson
  • Score: 7

11:13am Sat 17 May 14

Remus says...

Auxilarry Firefighters? Wouldn't want them turning up if I had a fire then...
Auxilarry Firefighters? Wouldn't want them turning up if I had a fire then... Remus
  • Score: 1

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