UPDATED: Fire at building in Ashley Cross

UPDATED: Fire at building in Ashley Cross

Picture by Samuel Huckerby

Picture: Jon Beal

Picture: Jon Beal

First published in News by

THE fire that caused a three-storey Poole office block to be evacuated this morning started because of an electrical fault, firefighters say.

Briggs House, Ashley Cross, was evacuated after alarms sounded and smoke was spotted billowing from an upstairs window.

Fire crews used breathing apparatus and water jets to tackle the fire, which took hold in an office on the second floor. No-one has been injured.

Four fire engines went to the scene, above Minuteman Press in Commercial Road around 11.30am.
Police were forced to temporarily close the Britannia Road crossroads as the drama unfolded.

Minuteman Press managing director Nicky Durant-Lewis told the Daily Echo: “The alarms were set off and everyone evacuated from the building. The fire brigade got here and because it is a large building they turned up with several appliances.

“Everyone commented on how fast they arrived. The turnout time was brilliant.

“They got here to find the building had been evacuated. There was a fire, two of us went up there to check. It wasn’t a vacant office but no-one inside at the time.”

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have since confirmed the cause was electrical.

 

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2:19pm Thu 10 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

Please god don't let Tramp_about_Town see this.
Please god don't let Tramp_about_Town see this. scrumpyjack
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4:35pm Thu 10 Jan 13

EGHH says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Please god don't let Tramp_about_Town see this.
Agreed. He'll only go on about how lazy our fireman are, blah, watching TV, blah, second jobs, blah....
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: Please god don't let Tramp_about_Town see this.[/p][/quote]Agreed. He'll only go on about how lazy our fireman are, blah, watching TV, blah, second jobs, blah.... EGHH
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5:22pm Thu 10 Jan 13

tramp_about_town says...

Too late!

Not sure why you think I would be moaning about firemen turning up to extinguish a fire. It's not like they were out rescuing a soaked squirrel from an ankle deep pond or anything heroic like that.

Still don't think there needs to be wholetime stations though. The job today could have been done just as well with retained crews only.
Too late! Not sure why you think I would be moaning about firemen turning up to extinguish a fire. It's not like they were out rescuing a soaked squirrel from an ankle deep pond or anything heroic like that. Still don't think there needs to be wholetime stations though. The job today could have been done just as well with retained crews only. tramp_about_town
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7:32pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Dorset Mitch says...

Looking at the photo Poole retained were there.
Looking at the photo Poole retained were there. Dorset Mitch
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8:23pm Thu 10 Jan 13

ashleycross says...

This is very close to my house and it was all done so quickly and efficiently that I didn't know about it even, and I'm pretty nosey. It proves that we really do need our fire service to save lives that could have been lost if one man and his dog had come to the scene even half an hour or so later, which would be very quick to get here from the other end of the connurbation say. If firemen are so lazy it is a mystery to me how they are so fit!
Perhaps tramp about town is judging them by his own behaviour if he thinks they just lounge around doing nothing between shouts.
This is very close to my house and it was all done so quickly and efficiently that I didn't know about it even, and I'm pretty nosey. It proves that we really do need our fire service to save lives that could have been lost if one man and his dog had come to the scene even half an hour or so later, which would be very quick to get here from the other end of the connurbation say. If firemen are so lazy it is a mystery to me how they are so fit! Perhaps tramp about town is judging them by his own behaviour if he thinks they just lounge around doing nothing between shouts. ashleycross
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8:31pm Thu 10 Jan 13

tramp_about_town says...

ashleycross wrote:
This is very close to my house and it was all done so quickly and efficiently that I didn't know about it even, and I'm pretty nosey. It proves that we really do need our fire service to save lives that could have been lost if one man and his dog had come to the scene even half an hour or so later, which would be very quick to get here from the other end of the connurbation say. If firemen are so lazy it is a mystery to me how they are so fit!
Perhaps tramp about town is judging them by his own behaviour if he thinks they just lounge around doing nothing between shouts.
Who said we don't need a fire service?

If you bothered to read what I have written instead of spout what you think I have written you might see what I actually said.

Are you saying that the retained crew are "one man and his dog?" I am sure that the retained crew that another poster mentioned were on site would be chuffed with your description of them!

You clearly don't know what you are talking about as retained crews have to be within a certain distance/time away from the station and don't just come from anywhere.

If you are going to join a conversation and slate other people it might be worth getting your facts right!

Oh by the way, you might need either glasses or or assume you made a typo and should have read fat.
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: This is very close to my house and it was all done so quickly and efficiently that I didn't know about it even, and I'm pretty nosey. It proves that we really do need our fire service to save lives that could have been lost if one man and his dog had come to the scene even half an hour or so later, which would be very quick to get here from the other end of the connurbation say. If firemen are so lazy it is a mystery to me how they are so fit! Perhaps tramp about town is judging them by his own behaviour if he thinks they just lounge around doing nothing between shouts.[/p][/quote]Who said we don't need a fire service? If you bothered to read what I have written instead of spout what you think I have written you might see what I actually said. Are you saying that the retained crew are "one man and his dog?" I am sure that the retained crew that another poster mentioned were on site would be chuffed with your description of them! You clearly don't know what you are talking about as retained crews have to be within a certain distance/time away from the station and don't just come from anywhere. If you are going to join a conversation and slate other people it might be worth getting your facts right! Oh by the way, you might need either glasses or or assume you made a typo and should have read fat. tramp_about_town
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1:28pm Fri 11 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

Must clean out my BBQ.
Must clean out my BBQ. BIGTONE
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