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There is widespread coverage of a large fire that has broken out at a research building attached to The Christie.  The fire started at around 10.35, being brought under control shortly before 1500hrs, although still not extinguished. The nature of this incident would test even the most developed and well-rehearsed business continuity plan, from both [...]

The A&E Department at Grantham and District Hospital in Lincolnshire is still closed today after a small fire at the hospital yesterday evening.  Nobody was reported to be hurt in the fire but it appears to have had a significant impact on power supplies and telephony.  As a result, ambulances had to be diverted and [...]

April started in dramatic style with 3 major fires in Southern England in less than 24 hours.  The new month was less than 9 hours old when fire broke out at the Carluccio's Restaurant in Bicester Village, leading to an evacuation of the whole site; a few hours later,a major incident was declared in Central [...]

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2015 got off to a dramatic start here in the North West with a massive fire at a waste recycling plant in Salford.  Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service was called to Junction Eco-Park at 4.40pm on Sunday; the eco-park is home to at least two waste management and recycling organisations.  At [...]

We have previously discussed the real and present threat that fires present to businesses, and have highlighted some of the steps that businesses should take to protect themselves, but this lesson has been reinforced by the recent fire at the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council offices. Having destroyed over 80% of [...]

Parts of Staines High Street remain closed following a substantial overnight fire at the Renshaws industrial Estate in Staines. The precise cause and source of the fire are as yet unknown, but there have been accounts of explosions, and business owners are reportedly facing 'ruin' following the blaze; local news has highlighted the extensive damage [...]

As has been widely reported, a major fire broke out at Didcot B power station last night.  Fortunately nobody was hurt in the blaze, but the incident has resulted in the loss of another 700 MW of generating capacity from the national grid for an unknown period.  Coming after the fires at Ironbridge and Ferrybridge power stations [...]

Playing with Fire

The recent spate of major fires serve as a timely reminder of the risks to businesses that this ever present hazard presents. Within the last couple of days, hotels (White house Hotel, Llandudno and Crathorne Hotel, Yarm), recycling centres (Cleartech Waste, Hull, European Metal Recycling Centre, Smethwick and Transwaste, Melton) and industrial sites (warehouse, Tyseley [...]

The recent fire at the Asos distribution warehouse near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, brought the online-only business to a halt on Friday 20th of June. Although the fashion retailer has begun trading again, the incident gave an interesting example of business continuity in action. The fire, which is being attributed to an arson attack, broke out [...]

Workers arriving at the Vale Business Park, Llandow were greeted this morning by a spectacular blaze in one of the industrial units.  It is reported that the fire, for the second time this month, is at the SiteServ facility in the industrial complex. For both this and the previous Llandow fire, a number of businesses [...]