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    INCIDENT: ILFORD COLLAPSE SITE SUFFERS 8 HOUR BLAZE

    Steel cutting operations ignited combustible materials on ill-fated site

    It has been reported by the Ilford City Gazettethat firefighters have fought an eight-hour blaze at the site of the collapsed City Gates building in Ilford. The fire is said to have started during work to cut away the remaining steel structure.

    Fire station crew manager Jim Jobson said:

    “When the building collapsed you have a lot of combustible material.  The rubble and concrete collapsed on top leaving the steel structure sitting in a precarious position.  The first thing to do [for workers] was to take the steel down, they were using hot cutting.  The embers have fallen down and ignited the building materials. We had to fight it at a distance.  It was fairly fierce.  It was quite well developed when we got there.  At that time of night there wasn’t really anyone around.”

    Andrew Morris, business development for Ashe Constuction is reported to have said the fire started after embers from the cutting gear ignited a split diesel tank.

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