Gas cylinder fire causes evacuation at Mayfield Business Park

The incident occurred this morning and was attended by the Fire Brigade and Gardaí.
Gas cylinder fire causes evacuation at Mayfield Business Park

The incident occurred this morning and was attended by the Fire Brigade and Gardaí.

UPDATE 1PM: 

No one was injured in a gas cylinder fire in Mayfield this morning, which was attended by the Fire Brigade and Gardaí.

A spokesperson for the Anglesea Garda Control Room told the Echo that the alarm was raised shortly after 9.30am this morning, in relation to reports of the explosion of a gas cylinder in Mayfield Business Park.

A few dozen businesses in the Park contacted Fire Control. 

“It was a gas cylinder that exploded. The fire brigade went up and evacuated the premises and surrounding premises. There was no one injured. They’re waiting now for the cylinders to cool down before checking the remaining cylinders.” 

The incident may be investigated by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). “It doesn’t look like a criminal incident. No injuries reported. Gardaí from Mayfield attended,” added the spokesperson.

A garda press office statement read: “Gardaí and fire emergency services are currently attending the scene of an industrial incident in Mayfield, Cork that occurred at approximately 9:40am this morning, Friday 30th September 2022.

“There have been no injuries reported and the surrounding area has been evacuated. No further information is available at this time.” 

A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said five units attended after reports of an explosion at 9.20am. 

“We got a call to an explosion at Unit 6 of Mayfield Business Park,” he stated. The gas cylinder is the property of an engineering firm.

“It came in as a person being trapped. When we got there, there was no explosion and nobody was trapped but there was an acetylene cylinder on fire.” 

The emergency services moved quickly to control the blaze. The team put its acetylene protocol into place, meaning that a total evacuation had to take place.

“We successfully dealt with the acetylene cylinder over a two-hour period. We set up a cooling period, with thermal imaging cameras.” The incident was stood down shortly after 11am.

Experts with Irish Oxygen took away the fire-damaged units. “There was no malicious intent. When they lit the cylinder, there was some sort of flashback from the cylinder, so that’s under investigation,” added the spokesperson.

Up to 10 to 12 businesses were affected given that there was a 200m exclusion zone set up over two hours.

EARLIER:

EMERGENCY services are currently attending the scene of a gas explosion in Mayfield.

The incident occurred this morning and was attended by the Fire Brigade and Gardaí.

A Garda source told the Echo that the alarm was raised shortly after 9.30am this morning, in relation to the explosion of a gas cylinder in Mayfield Business Park.

A few dozen businesses in the Park contacted Fire Control.

 “It was a gas cylinder that exploded. The fire brigade went up and evacuated the premises and surrounding premises. There was no one injured. They’re waiting now for the cylinders to cool down before checking the remaining cylinders.” 

The incident may be investigated by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). 

“It doesn’t look like a criminal incident. No injuries reported. Gardaí from Mayfield attended,” added the Garda source.

A garda press office statement said: “Gardaí and fire emergency services are currently attending the scene of an industrial incident in Mayfield, Cork that occurred at approximately 9:40am this morning, Friday, September 30.

“There have been no injuries reported and the surrounding area has been evacuated. No further information is available at this time.”

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