Serious Fire Destroys Industrial Building

12th August 2017

Thick flames and smoke could be seen rising from the building (Credit: Jersey Fire and Rescue Service)

A serious fire has destroyed an industrial building owned by a roofing business in St Helier.
Crews were working till the early hours to dampen down the huge flames, but we’re told no one was injured.
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service say they were called just before 9pm last night, to reports of smoke billowing from the roof of the property off of West Hill.
Two fire engines were originally sent to the scene, but more staff had to be called on as the blaze spread rapidly, causing substantial damage.
Firefighters took these pictures as the blaze began to increase in strength:

A number of social media updates were posted through the night, as emergency services worked at the scene, which saw West Hill closed for a number of hours.

The 18 firefighters have been praised for their hard work in ‘extremely hot and tough conditions’, treating numerous parts of the building which were filled with flames and smoke.
Crews have since dampened down the area.  Jersey Police have confirmed that the blaze is not being treated as suspicious, but an investigation into how and why it started is now underway.

Firefighters faced a tough task (Credit: Jersey Fire and Rescue Service)

Station Commander Marc Le Cornu, who took over as Incident Commander of the fire, said:
“I am extremely proud of my crews this evening, as their hard work and efforts undoubtedly saved a couple of adjoining buildings and businesses from also being destroyed by this fire. The fire has had a devastating effect on the company who own the business as the building has suffered severe fire damage.
Investigations into the cause of the fire will continue during daylight hours. I’d also like to thank the residents and drivers for their patience whilst West Hill was closed to enable the fire crews to deal with the incident safely.”

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