VIDEO UPDATE: Explosion avoided as fire crews tackle charred gas cylinders

A ‘serious incident’ has been narrowly avoided at today’s blaze in Kirton Holme thanks to the swift action of fire crews.

Six crews from the area attended the blaze in Holme Road which spread from a shed to four adjoining homes.

Fitre at Kirton Holme.

Fitre at Kirton Holme.

There were concerns for the gravity of the situation due to the eight gas cyclinders involved in the fire.

Five homes in the immediate area were evacuated, but the fire is now out.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s officer in charge, Keiron Davey, praised the swift response of the crews: “The quick action of the Boston crew first on scene helped to prevent a serious escalation of the incident by dealing with the immediate hazard of the gas cylinders. The team worked really well and managed to get a hose reel on the cylinders to cool them down in the early stages.”

He added: “This helped to avoid what we call a BLEVE – which is a boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion.”

Two cottages have sustained extensive damage, with the fire spreading to the roof spaces.

Both are now uninhabitable.

All occupants of the homes were safely evacuated. Fire crews helped to rescue pet cats and dogs from the homes. None are thought to have been injured.

The Red Cross was on the scene to support the occupants of the two severely-damaged properties and help them to find alternative accommodation. The Fire and Emergency Support Service were also in attendance.

Crews used breathing apparatus, one main jet and three hose reels to extinguish the fire. Roof tiles of adjoining properties were removed to assist with the fire fighting.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Tuesday, 3.42pm - Fire crews are currently attending a shed fire in Kirton Holme which is affecting two properties.

Lincs Fire and Rescue tweeted at 1.11pm that six appliances had been called to the fire at the rear of the two storey property on Holme Road.

They added three main ts, three hose reels and four breathing apparatus were in use and that cylinders were involved in the fire.