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Offline Weebleman

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Cheney Manor fires
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:31:08 AM »
When I pulled back the curtains this morning and peered out through bleary eyes I at first thought that Geoff was having an early morning bonfire on his newly acquired estate..... then I realised it was in fact a major fire somewhere over on CM Estate (turns out to be Swindon Skips).
I was away over the weekend but read that there was arson at the old Plessey building on Saturday(?), which is only a few hundred yards from Swindon Skips. So, do we have a serious arsonist in our mist? or is this a ploy so that fewer questions are asked when the old Square D building eventually go up in smoke?

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Offline Richard Symonds

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Re: Cheney Manor fires
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2013, 09:03:35 AM »
What an interesting development!

Did anyone take note of the pollution and where it blew, nearly wrote a misspelling then, for reference to the Hippofan application?  I hope so.
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Re: Cheney Manor fires
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2013, 09:30:39 AM »
Plenty of really black smoke at times heading in Pinehurst / Muggin's direction I reckon.

According the BBC local news it's been blazing for a great deal of the night and 45 firefighters in attendance. Mrs Weeb came back from dog walking duties half hour ago and said you can still see tall flames looking from the old railway track. Certainly when I got up at 5:45 it was well established.
Questions will undoubtedly be asked as to what the hell they are storing down there to burn with such an intensity for so long! heaven knows what the results would have been if there had been hundreds of tons of dry wood sat waiting to be burned  :popcorn:

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Re: Cheney Manor fires
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2013, 09:38:49 AM »
Just seen the details on the Adver website:
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10840506.Firefighters_still_battling_Cheney_Manor_blaze/?ref=var_0

Looks like of tons of wood for recycling were involved after all.
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WILTSHIRE Fire & Rescue Service is expecting to be at the scene of a significant fire in Swindon for much of today.

Crews were called to Swindon Skips in Brindley Close, on the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, at 8.48pm last night, where they found some 750 tonnes of building and timber recycling material well alight.

Six fire engines initially attended, from Westlea, Swindon, Stratton (two), Cricklade and Marlborough, supported by the aerial appliance from Swindon, water carriers from Royal Wootton Bassett and Pewsey, and an incident command vehicle from Stratton.
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Smoke from the fire can be seen from some considerable distance away - air quality is being monitored by Public Health England and people living locally are advised to keep windows and doors shut as a precaution if they are concerned.

The site is adjacent to the main railway line – trains were stopped for a time overnight but are now travelling through under caution.

Offline Muggins

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Re: Cheney Manor fires
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2013, 10:03:35 AM »
No not this way, well none I saw, can't see much because of the trees out the back.

Noticed on FB that someone living in David Murray John said it was going their way and couldn't stand out on their balcony because of it.

As my brother lives in Rodbourne, I phoned him to make sure he was Ok and not to open his windows - he's deaf so he doesn't hear sirens etc.  He says it thought it was coming from over here.  Not that he was fazed by it, he really is the most laid back bloke I know. Or is it that since he watched the Germans bombing the gas tanks in Iffley Road, everything else pales into insignificance?

But could have very interesting outcomes for the wood burning plant?
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Re: Cheney Manor fires
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2013, 07:24:29 PM »
......... Or is it that since he watched the Germans bombing the gas tanks in Iffley Road, everything else pales into insignificance?

Ah yes, last Saturday I spent a fascinating hour or more chatting to a 94 year old lady who spent the war in London as a Red Cross volunteer alongside her mother, even though they had the opportunity to move to safer quarters. Puts a lot of these 'so called' modern day celebrities into perspective!

BTW, from here the fire seems to be as strong as it was a 6 this morning, getting a whiff of the smoke now also as the wind changes direction. I hope there are some REALLY stringent safety conditions applied to Hippofan if things go through.

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Re: Cheney Manor fires
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2013, 07:36:38 PM »
Weeble. May I suggest that you offer to take her radiance out for a meal. If you and Mrs Weeble wrap up warm and get a loaf of bread and say, a long-handled garden fork for safety, you could go for a little stroll and make some nice toast. How romantic is that? Rosy cheeks, hot toast, hip flask....er.....hot chocolate.

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Re: Cheney Manor fires
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2013, 10:22:45 PM »
just been to a meeting down at the ta centre, the fb men who didn't go on strike, use that place as their hq when strikes are on now, and the barman said hes been told they are letting the fire burn itself out now, there are 16 engines there now and the man in charge for the FB is a chap from Bristol..
cheney manor road\vicarage road is now open as well now..