Fire­fight­ers leave blast site

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS have left the site of the Bosley Mill dis­as­ter, more than a month af­ter the ex­plo­sion.

They have made it safe for the Ur­ban Search and Res­cue Team from Mersey­side Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice to con­tinue their hunt for mill worker Jason Shin­gler, who is still miss­ing and be­lieved dead.

Tem­per­a­tures reached 1,0000C in the blast and it was de­scribed by res­cue work­ers as the “worst in­ci­dent of its kind” in a decade.

Up to last week, fire crews were try­ing to fully ex­tin­guish the long­stand­ing fire in one of the main si­los.

Af­ter us­ing spe­cial­ist tech­niques to re­duce and mon­i­tor oxy­gen and car­bon monox­ide lev­els in the silo, crews then be­gan work­ing with con­trac­tors to safely empty the wood flour out of the stor­age unit.

Fire­fight­ers damped down the smoul­der­ing ma­te­rial as it was emp­tied out of the silo on a con­veyor belt.

The wood flour was then trans­ported to a nearby field where crews con­tin­ued to damp down.

The silo is now com­pletely empty and fire crews are leav­ing the site and for­mally hand­ing over man­age­ment of the in­ci­dent to Cheshire Po­lice.

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