Thick black smoke engulfs St Paul’s

Fire Control received numerous calls to this fire after think billowing clouds of black smoke could be seen from across the city.

On arrival crews initially thought it was a derelict building that was alight, however on getting water onto the fire and the smoke dispersing it became apparent that it was actually a quantity of tyres that were being stored in an outside space between two derelict / empty premises that were well alight.

Crews used four jets and one ground monitor to put water on the fire, with six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, due to the thick acrid smoke venting from the fire.  The outside apex of one of the buildings adjacent to the fire was also affected by the flames and smoke. 

An investigation into the cause of the fire found it to be deliberate.