Water control room in Cheshire helps Cumbria Fire Service tackle huge Barrow blaze
By Sean Robinson
Water crews called by Cumbrian
firefighters to support tackle a major blaze in Barrow.
United Utilities' new North
West emergency response centre was place on standby by Cumbria Fire and Rescue
late Wednesday evening, as they fought a huge blaze in Barrow town centre.
At around 8:30pm the alarm was raised
that twelve fire engines were responding to Abbey Road.
(Credit: Barrow Police)
Reports on social media
claimed the fire started in the House of Lords pub, which connected to Bar
Continental in Abbey Road.
Nearby homes had to be evacuated
by local cops.
The multi-million pound
hi-tech integrated control room in Warrington-Cheshire remotely monitored water
pressure across Barrow whilst a local engineer ensured firefights had enough water
pressure to bring the blaze under control.
Local resident Kenny McGuckin, from Collingwood
Street told the North West Mail: "I saw a post on Facebook and my partner
heard the sirens so we rushed out the front to see what had happened.
"I don't think
there would have been many people in the pub if it was open but you just don't
"I feel sorry for
the firefighters - they will have to be there all night trying to put that
Cumbria Fire and Rescue posted on their
website: “When they [Fire Service] arrived crews
confirmed that there was a significant fire in a building believed to be Bar
Continental. Hose reel and main water jets are being used to tackle the fire.
fire engines and an Aerial Platform was brought to the scene to deal with the
morning the fire service said crews continued to battle the fire overnight and
it is now under control with crews just damping down the area and checking for
fire engines remain at the scene this morning.
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