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Firefighters prevent fire spreading in Bedford

Firefighters from Kempston and Bedford fought a fire in a large wooden shed used for storage in the courtyard of the former Paddington Hotel, Midland Road, Bedford on Saturday 9 June.

This former hotel building is now used as residential accommodation.

Fire Control received a call about the fire at 22.29 on Saturday evening and sent three fire engines and the Bedford Aerial Platform to the scene. When fire crews arrived seven minutes later they found the shed, which measured 10m x 3m, fully involved in fire and a posing significant risk of spreading to the surrounding residential and commercial premises.

Four firefighters in Breathing Apparatus were deployed to tackle the fire and protect surrounding buildings using two jets. Additional fire service personnel carried out internal and external investigations of the surrounding buildings to check for any smoke and fire spread using thermal image cameras and ladders.

The shed was 100% destroyed by fire but further damage was limited to melted guttering and some cracked windows of the building closest to the fire caused by the excessive heat. There were no casualties.

Group Commander Darren Cook, who was in charge of the incident said, “This could have been a much more serious fire if it hadn’t been for the quick action of the firefighters when they arrived on the scene. They protected the living accommodation surrounding this shed from the main effects of the fire and quickly got it under control and extinguished it. I’d like to complement the crews on their swift actions. There were no casualties.”

The incident was closed at 23.53.