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Mill is hit by fourth blaze in five years
7:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS spent nearly three hours tackling a fire near Winchcombe.
Crews were called to the blaze at the Hollingsworth and Vose factory, Postlip Mill, just after 10.30pm on Monday after an automatic fire alarm went off.
Firefighters from Winchcombe attended and soon called for back-up.
Three further crews from Cheltenham East, Cheltenham West and Gloucester North were called, along with an aerial appliance and water carrier, to tackle the blaze which was in the machinery roof space.
The officer in charge at the scene said: “Due to the nature of this fire, it had the potential to spread.
“However, because we had a number of resources in attendance promptly, we were able to contain to the fire to the roof space.”
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue service confirmed the blaze was accidental.
The fire was the fourth in five years to break out at the mill.
Seventy firefighters from across Gloucestershire and Worcestershire battled for eight hours to control a fire at the mill that had spread to machinery and into the roof space in September last year.
In April 2008, seven crews were called to a fire in a chimney duct. No serious damage was caused.
About 100 workers had to be evacuated in April 2010 when a small fire broke out in the roof.
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