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Blaze At Ripon Fire Station Update


8:42am 5th November 2013
(Updated 12:54pm 5th November 2013)

Fire crews have been tackling what's been described as a 'major' blaze at the fire station in Ripon overnight.

Its being reported that no one has been hurt in the incident on Stonebridgegate but Minster FM understands replacement appliances have been brought in.

The blaze has now been extinguished and an investigation into the cause of the fire by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is underway.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say they were alerted to a fire at the fire station on Stonebridgegate, Ripon at 00:11 on the 5th November by the automatic fire detection system at the station.

They add that Ripon based crews, supported by a crew from Boroughbridge attended the station and quickly dealt with the fire saving two fire engines and some specialist equipment, whilst fighting the fire. The fire service says the prompt action has ensured that Ripon Station can continue to deliver the same level of service to the community.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say the fire caused significant fire damage to one fire engine, and a replacement from their fleet of spares has been relocated to Ripon to maintain the number of fire engines.

The fire also caused some damage to the fire station, say the fire brigade, but robust contingency arrangements mean that operational response has not been affected. They add that the crews will be attending incidents as normal utilising a spare garage at the rear of the main building.

At this time the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue say: "This incident highlights that fire can happen at any time to anyone. The automatic fire detection system gave us an early warning of this fire and we would like to take this opportunity to remind people to ensure they have smoke alarms fitted in their homes as they can provide those precious few minutes of warning."

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