Foster Clark Fire – June 2012

June 18, 2012 in Fire

The Emergency Fire & Rescue Unit (EFRU) were requested to assist the Civil Protection Department (CPD) in what started as a small grass fire in a field at San Gwann industrial estate at around 4 p.m.

The named fire grew into a massive blaze earlier this afternoon, spreading to the back yard of the Foster Clark factory which contained loads of wood, pellets, chemicals and acetylene cylinders.

Upon the CPD’s call for assistance, at about 5.00pm, EFRU director deployed the unit’s Fire Team with their two Fire Engines. On arrival one of the trucks was placed at the back of the Foster Clark’s yard to take care of the fire in the nearby fields whilst the second truck was needed to relay water from a nearby hydrant.

The EFRU Fire team, together with the CPD personnel managed to control the fire and started the cooling operation which ended at about 11.00pm. An AFM excavator was also called in to assist with cooling down the debris and avoiding further fires during the night due to the heat.

Well done to all those who gave a hand in today’s operation and Thank You to the CPD for training our volunteers to be able to assist in such emergencies.

-Keith Borg
PR & Funding