FRPM – Lorry fire closes M6 motorway in Cheshire.

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A lorry set alight on the M6 in Cheshire, the fire lead to rush-hour closure of the northbound carriageway. Whether this could have been prevented by increased use of fire retardant polymers and composites is unclear at this stage.

Three lanes from junction 20 to junction 21, Lymm interchange to Warrington and Irlam, were closed while firefighters tackled the lorry blaze.

fire composites conferenceThe incident occurred on the slip road at junction 20 shortly before 07:05am on Tuesday.The three lanes were later opened at 11am on Tuesday by police, however drivers were still told to avoid the area because of the backlog.

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Emergency resurfacing and removal of the lorry from the area will be carried out by Highways England, which is expected to last several hours. Lane one of the northbound carriageway is closed, along with the entry slip road on to the northbound carriageway at junction 20.

The blaze damaged safety barriers and surrounding lamp posts, these will be made safe by Highways England. No one is believed to have been injured in the fire.

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At around 11:10am, the North West Motorway Police tweeted “Management of the scene at ‪#M6 HGV Fire has been handed over to ‪@HighwaysNWEST. Thank you for your patience during this incident. “

The incident did cause some disruptions. The M56 exit slip road to the M6 northbound was closed, which caused queuing traffic. As of midday, there were still delays and slow moving traffic on M6 northbound between junctions 20 and 21.

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Earlier, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was “causing lots of smoke across the motorway”.

The FRPM 2017 conference, taking place 3-6 July, 2017 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall will focus on fire resistant materials, including polymers and composites. The last day of the conference will be entirely dedicated to composites in fire resistant technology. You can view the full conference breakdown here.

Competition to orally present your paper at FRPM 2017 is very high, if you are studying or researching fire retardant, polymers or composites –  submit your abstract here before 31st January.

Brentford recycling centre fire: The blaze hits M4 traffic

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Are industrial fires on the rise? A large fire coated the skies of the M4 yesterday afternoon. The thick smoke from the recycling centre in West London billowed across the M4 yesterday causing major delays.

The fire started around 12:09 GMT.  It took around 80 firefighters to combat the fire in Trafford Avenue, Brentford, with reports of delays eastbound on the M4. The smoke could be seen from Heathrow Airport about six miles away!


Local residents were advised to minimize exposure to the smoke as much as possible.

“Crew are working hard to get the fire under control.

This is likely to be a protracted incident though and we would advise people living and working nearby to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution because of the smoke.”

– Station manager Jerome Kumedzin

The fire crews were also called out to deal with a large fire at an industrial unit in London yesterday morning. Around 70 firefighters tackled the fire in Bernard Road, Tottenham, near Seven Sisters Station. The fire fighters said the source of the fire is unknown but it was under control by 14:21 but the roof and ground floor remained damaged.

At least half of the Tottenham building caught fire in the blaze, but there are no reports of injuries at either site.

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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment, Richard Benyon, has revealed that in his years the average rate of fires at waste and recycling works came in at ‘just under’ one per day.

According to the statistics, 2001 was the best year recorded with 246 fires, whilst 2011 was the worst with 425 fires investigated by the Environment Agency.

The average for the 12 years was 335 fires per year, which means that statistically a fire takes place every 0.92 days at an English recycling or waste management facility. With regular fires occurring across the UK in industrial environments, passive fire protection is a valuable investment.

For further information on the polymeric materials that can be used to increase passive fire safety in buildings, register for the FRPM 2017 conference, taking place 3-6 July, 2017 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. You can view the full conference breakdown . The call for 2017 FRPM abstracts entries closes 31st January.

The devastating fire at Truro’s Café Cleopatra: what does a year’s progress look like?

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On the 1st November 2015, a three-storey blaze was tackled by fire crews from across Cornwall. A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said dozens of firefighters attended because of the “severity of the fire and the complexity of the building”.

Despite the best efforts of firefighters, the flames and smoke, which were first spotted at 5am, spread from the café to nearby buildings, and resulted in devastating damage to the street.

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Traders along the street say that they have been dealing with the consequences of the fire for much longer than they could have anticipated, with many of the owners suffering from anxiety and other health related problems following the stress of the incident.

For many home and business owners, the thought of a devastating fire sweeping through the street never enters the mind: but solid fire evacuation plans, extinguishers and passive fire protection are all vital components of preventing the spread of difficult to control fires, and everyone should have the highest level of fire protection in place.

Passive Fire Protection is an integral component of the three components of structural fire protection and fire safety in a building. PFP attempts to contain fires or slow the spread, through use of fire-resistant walls, floors, and doors. It is essential that research into fire retardant materials, including polymers and composites, continues to progress, to provide greater safety and awareness on an individual as well as governmental level.

July 2017 will see the return of the Fire Resistant Polymeric Materials Conference, in Manchester, July 3-6. The University of Bolton and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are delighted to be hosting the 16th European Meeting on Fire Retardant Polymeric Materials. Fire research at the University of Bolton has a history spanning nearly forty years in areas of textiles, fibre-reinforced composites and bulk polymers with particular emphasis on development of novel flame retardant systems, fire gas analysis, fire retardant mechanisms and associated modelling.

For further conference information, please click here.