This was the most serious incident
in the North-West for many years. At 0911 on 17 July 2015,
crews were alerted to the incident, where there had been a massive explosion.
Following the explosion it is understood that the 4 storey building collapsed
and was engulfed in fire. On arrival crews found many casualties,
and it soon became clear that 4 people were unaccounted for.
At the time of preparing this page [20 July] 3 people still remain unaccounted
We attended initially with 2 Catering Units, G58S4 and G35S4. At the time of call, I was about to conduct a Funeral Service, and so attended with the second van, immediately that service was over. However, it did mean I had no camera equipment with me, and so the pictures I took on Friday were all on my mobile phone, which sadly does not have the quality of my main camera. On Saturday, I did take my camera, but because the area is currently a Crime Scene, I was unable to take any further fireground shots.
Below are pictures of some of the many appliances that attended. Appliances attended from both ends of Tunstall Road. However, the only access to the other side involved a walk of almost 2 miles, and so I could only photograph the appliances based in and around the Command Unit. It would not have been possible to leave the SACU for the length of time it would have taken to do the walk.
FRIDAY 17 JULY
Just a 'distance' shot of the incident.
DK59GWY, Welfare Unit, Newcastle-under-Lyme [?] Staffordshire.
DX10EYH Hanley, Staffordshire.
PE63OUO Foam Unit, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
PN08UWY Stretford, Greater Manchester.
SATURDAY 18 JULY
BL04UWG, Catering Unit, Fulwood, Lancashire.
DA02OZX Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
DK08AHV Congleton, Cheshire.
DK08AHX Stockton Heath, Cheshire.
DK59DHG Welfare Unit, Northwich, Cheshire.
DX54MWL, Biddulph, Staffordshire.
FN54AFX Command Unit, Northwich, Cheshire with Police Control Unit S119SCA.
N712GFM Northwich, Cheshire.
PO11FZN Northwich, Cheshire.
PO12HVB Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
R45FMA from Crewe, Cheshire.
PM007 from Stretford, Greater Manchester.
PM046 from Congleton, Cheshire.
PM184 from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
PM186 from Stretford, Greater Manchester.
WEDNESDAY 22 JULY
Today there were still 4 pumps in attendance plus numerous specials. However, as most of the appliances in attendance whilst I was there, have already featured, I have just added the single picture below.
DK57GCX from Widnes, Cheshire.
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