Firefighters called to rubbish blaze involving three gas cylinders

Firefighters tackle fire in Warstock

Fire crews from Billesley were called out to a rubbish fire this afternoon in Warstock which involved three gas cylinders.

When crews arrived at Limekiln Lane they found a mound of dumped rubbish on fire behind perimeter fencing and three gas cylinders in close proximity.

In a statement posted on their Facebook Page a spokesperson from Billesley Community Fire station said:

“Crews turned out to a rubbish tip fire & discovered 3 Acetylene cylinders were involved.

Acetylene is a very unstable gas & continues to decompose & generate heat even after the fire has been extinguished & has the potential to cause a catastrophic explosion with a 25-meter fireball & eject projectiles for 200meters.

We took a bit of a back step & lashed off a water jet & followed the cooling procedures. After 2hrs of cooling & following a wet test the cylinders were deemed as safe.”

Firefighters keep away from scene

The road was closed for over 2 hours whilst the scene was made safe.

Fly tipping is dangerous to both members of the public and the environment, it’s also illegal and can lead to a fine of up to £50,000 along with imprisonment.

To report dumped waste/fly tipping visit http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/cs/Satellite/dumpedrubbish?packedargs=website%3D4&rendermode=live