Firefighters called to industrial fire at GKN Aerospace hampered by parked cars

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Firefighters tackled an industrial fire at the GKN Aerospace facility in East Cowes overnight.
Firefighters tackled an industrial fire at the GKN Aerospace facility in East Cowes overnight.

THREE crews of firefighters tackled a blaze at the GKN Aerospace facility in East Cowes.

Firefighters from East Cowes and Newport were called to the industrial fire at Falcon Yard at 11.50pm last night (Friday), following reports of smoke visible from the first and ground floors.

Crews discovered a small fire on the ground floor's compresor room to a compressor unit.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service's Incident Command Unit attended initially, but were stood down.

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Isle of Wight County Press: GKN Aerospace in east Cowes.
Isle of Wight County Press: GKN Aerospace in east Cowes.

GKN Aerospace in east Cowes.

During the operation, crews used three hosereels, six breathing apparatus and ventilation fans were used.

Firefighters, operating from Clarence Road, were hampered by parked cars over hydrants.

Thermal imaging was used to locate any further hotspots in a compressor room, before they handed control to the site maintenance team.

The incident was concluded at 1.09am.

An Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Please can we ask drivers to be aware of fire hydrants when parking and to try to leave them clear so as we can access water in an emergency.

"They are painted yellow and usually have a yellow curb stone nearby, with a yellow 'H' plate on a wall or post."

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