UK: Heating system explodes on Essex farm, setting greenhouse on fire

Seven crews rushed to a farm in Hockley yesterday after a heating system exploded and set fire to a quarter of the greenhouse - risking gas cylinders blowing up. The incident was first reported to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service at 7.22 pm on Sunday, November 20.

Initial reports from the farm off Folly Chase warned that a number of gas cylinders might have been affected by the blaze, leading to further crews being deployed to the scene. There were two engines sent from Southend, then one from Witham, Leigh, Rayleigh Weird, Hawkwell, and Rochford.

Station Manager Steve Osborn said: "The fire started after a heating system exploded and set alight to around 25% of a greenhouse building. With a large quantity of shattered glass, fire, and the possibility of gas cylinders, this was a difficult incident for our crews.

"But thanks to their hard work and skill, our firefighters quickly surrounded and extinguished the fire and therefore saved other buildings on site. Thankfully none of the gas cylinders were involved in the fire, so we were able to bring the incident to a close by 8.40 pm."

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