Garage fire ‘explosion’ in Northampton caused by oil drums becoming over-pressured in fire

The forecourt of the garage in Ruskin Road, Kingsthorpe involved in a fire today.
The forecourt of the garage in Ruskin Road, Kingsthorpe involved in a fire today.

Exploding oil containers were the cause of the loud bang heard around Kingsthorpe this afternoon during a blaze outside a car garage.

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the flames outside the Auto Services garage on Ruskin Road, which started at around 2.20pm.

More than 35 firefighters fought the blaze on Ruskin Road.

More than 35 firefighters fought the blaze on Ruskin Road.

Eyewitness reports suggest the fire began outside the premises, before spreading to a nearby stack of tyres, vehicles and a set of oil drums, which exploded.

Two charred vans can currently be seen on the front of the blackened forecourt, while a neighbouring residential fence also appears to be damaged.

Around 35 fire fighters got the blaze under control and crew members are currently still on scene dampening down a hotspot in an outbuilding. Ruskin Road is still closed to traffic, though the Harborough Road is currently open again.

Crew manager Martin Parsons described the scene on arriving at the fire

More than 35 firefighters fought the blaze on Ruskin Road. NNL-150819-161109009

More than 35 firefighters fought the blaze on Ruskin Road. NNL-150819-161109009

He said: “There was a large quantity of tyres and a couple of vehicles involved in the fire. Our first response was to tackle it in a defensive way, by making sure it could not spread.

“Once we had done that we made sure the surrounding properties weren’t at risk.

“It had spread to the vehicles you can see here and had spread to the garden of the neighbouring property.

As well as the roof of a garage workshop, which is what we are dampening down now.

Fire Ruskin rd Garage NNL-150819-161058009

Fire Ruskin rd Garage NNL-150819-161058009

“There were oil drums involved as well - they became over-pressured with the heat and caused quite an explosion.”

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The aftermath of the fire. Investigators are currently trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

The aftermath of the fire. Investigators are currently trying to determine the cause of the blaze.