Boringdon Park Golf Club boss arrives to scene of ‘devastation’

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As fire crews examine the remains of a large outbuilding which caught alight last night, the manager of Boringdon Golf Club said firefighters did “a fantastic job” tackling it.

The charred remains of the out-building off Plymbridge Road, was the scene of a major fire-fighting operation, with crews battling to extinguish it on Tuesday evening, fully aware that the premises contained a potentially explosive mix of around 2,000 litres diesel, fertiliser, an acetylene cylinder and petrol.

Jon Grainger, manager of Boringdon Golf Club, said he arrived this morning at 8am to witness the scene of devastation, but he was quick to praise the firefighters and their efforts.

He told PlymouthLive: “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service did a fantastic job.

“It was very windy last night, making the firefighting very difficult.

“We’re now waiting for fire officers to come and have a conversation with us about the matter.”

Mr Grainger said the building was where the club stored its machinery and equipment to maintain the pristine golf course, grounds and clubhouse building.

Describing the scene he faced this morning, he said: “It’s pretty devastated.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service began receiving calls shortly before 6pm last night following reports of the fire at the out building off Plymbridge Road.

Crews from Plympton and Greenbank were initially sent, but on arrival at the building – which measured 20m by 30m – they found it contained a mix of flammable and possibly even explosive materials, including around 2,000 litres diesel, fertiliser, an acetylene cylinder and petrol.

Wary of the risks involved, further crews were called from Yelverton and Plymstock, a water bowser from Plympton, a Command Support Unit from Totnes, a Welfare Unit from Ivybridge and an Incident Support Unit from Bovey Tracey.

Over the next few hours crews fought against strong winds as they battled the blaze, even withdrawing at one stage at around 10pm due to the dangerous conditions.

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Crews remained until very late last night and fire investigators are expected to return to the scene today.

“Fire crews have had to withdraw at the moment due to the structural integrity of the building, but also we found an acetylene cylinder as well, so because of that as a precautionary measure we have withdrawn crews now,” said the Fire Incident Commander at the time.

“The fire was well-developed on the inside and that was because of the high fire loading inside there.

“Inside there were quantities of fertilizers, 2,000 litres of diesel and quantities of petrol as well, and we found an acetylene cylinder there as well, which all contributed to the fire loading.

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“We had seven fire appliances, one water bowser, an incident command unit and an environmental pod from Plymouth and the surrounding area.

“In the morning, a fire investigation officer will attend and carry out investigations, just to see if there is anything we can contribute to find out why the fire started.”


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