20 January update: An investigation into the cause of a fire at Swindon College yesterday (19 January) is continuing, reports Louise Knox of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to the North Star Avenue campus at 4.20pm where firefighters found a single storey plumbing workshop well alight.
At the height of the incident, ten fire engines were in attendance, from Swindon (two), Stratton (two), Westlea, Cricklade, Faringdon, Cirencester, Royal Wootton Bassett and Marlborough. Later in the evening, relief crews attended from Malmesbury and Corsham. Also in attendance were the aerial appliance from Swindon, which was used to monitor the incident from above, and an incident command vehicle from Devizes.
A total of 44 firefighters breathing apparatus tackled the blaze, with up to eight in the building at any one time. Four main jets and four hose reel jets were used, with ventilation fans clearing the smoke. This approach meant the damage was contained to the one part of the building. Once the blaze was under control, firefighters checked the whole building for fire spread, which included an inspection of the ventilation ducting. Crews were able to leave the scene at around 11pm.
How the fire started is still being investigated, but it originated in a store room alongside a workshop. The main College building was unaffected, and classes have been held as usual today.
19 January: Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service were called to a major incident at 4.20pm today after fire broke out in a single storey Gemini building at the North Star Avenue campus of Swindon College.
At 5.45pm, there were six fire engines in attendance – two from Swindon, two from Stratton, one from Westlea and one from Cricklade – with a further four mobilised from Faringdon, Cirencester, Royal Wootton Bassett and Marlborough. Also in attendance was the aerial appliance from Swindon, which is being used to monitor the incident from above, and an incident command vehicle from Devizes.
Eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two main jets and four hose reel jets to tackle the blaze, which started in a store room alongside a workshop which is a part of the college where plumbing and heating engineering trade courses are taught. The building is separate to the main College premises, which were unaffected by the fire.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service reports that everyone who was in the building when the fire broke out was accounted for. One member of College staff had to be treated in one of the ambulances called to the scene.