The Brigade has been called to an incident on Coombe Lane in Wimbledon, SW20 involving a gas cylinder on fire. Fire crews at the scene believe this may be acetylene. A 200 metre hazard zone was implemented and around 150 people were evacuated by the fire brigade and police from nearby buildings. The A3 was also closed in both directions. The hazard zone has now been reduced to 50 metres and most of the residents have been allowed back into their homes. The police are in the process of re-opening the A3.
Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters are continuing to cool the cylinder down at the scene. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.
The London Fire Brigade continues to campaign for better controls over the storage of acetylene cylinders. More information can be found here.
Merton Council has set up an emergency centre at Raynes Park High School, Bushey Road SW20.
The Brigade was called at 1012.
30th May 2007