Battery fire in engineering workshop, Coventry

Crews are dealing with a fire involving a lithium-ion battery used with engineering equipment in Allesley, Coventry

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Published on 16 January 2023
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Sayer Drive, Coventry, UK

Crews from Coventry, Canley and Foleshill fire stations have attended a fire at an engineering workshop premises located on Sayer Drive, Allesley.

The incident involves a lithium-ion battery used with laser welding equipment.

All staff from the premises were evacuated prior to fire service arrival and no injuries have been reported.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus are dealing with the incident, in liaison with the site manager.

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The affected battery was safely removed from the building and isolated within an exclusion zone under close observation.

Fire crews, specialist advisors and on-site staff are liaising to identify the best storage and disposal options.

Crews will shortly be establishing a ventilation plan for the building.

Good progress is being made.

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Crews have liaised with the on-site supervisor and a plan to relocate the battery to a purpose-built container is underway and will shortly take place.

On-site staff in appropriate personal protective equipment, are using a forklift to relocate the battery. Site staff will then continue to monitor temperatures and environmental conditions and will arrange the disposal of the battery.

Fire crews will shortly conduct final checks on the building to ensure it’s safe for on-site personnel to return.

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A full handover to the responsible person on site took place around 16:00.

A further revisit by fire service personnel to check for any hot spots will take place later this evening.

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A from Coventry fire station re-attended the premises.

A full inspection of the incident area has taken place using a thermal image camera.

No hotspots have been located.

Advice was given to on-site staff and the site has now been left in their care.

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