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Early morning car fire at airport

Early morning car fire at airport

Friday 07 October 2022

Early morning car fire at airport

Friday 07 October 2022

Airport firefighters were quickly on the scene when fire engulfed a vehicle parked in the car park early this morning.

They were called out before 07:00 and returned to station about half an hour later having put out the fire and contained damage to one other vehicle nearby.

The vehicle which caught fire and the other vehicle which was damaged were both unattended and no injuries were reported from the incident. 

Pictured: The Airport said some flights were slightly delayed while firefighters dealt with the incident. 

The cause of the fire is unclear. Airport firefighters on the scene identified that it originated from the car's engine bay.

The Airport Fire Service's Green Watch attended the incident. They sent one major foam tender with three firefighters and a command vehicle with two further firefighters.

They were able to put out the fire before handing over to the island's Fire and Rescue Service – the Town brigade. Police were not initially required to attend.

James Manning, Watch Manager at the Airport Fire Service, told Express that his crew had responded quickly and effectively.

"We don't often get a chance to show our skills. When we do, it's good to get it right," said Mr Manning.

You can watch a video of the fire HERE. 


Pictured: A file image of an airport fire tender. Credit: Guernsey Airport website.

At 11:37 this morning, the Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service released this statement:

"The Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service received a call out to a vehicle fire at Guernsey Airport at 06:44 this morning and dispatched one water tender and crew. When they arrived, the Airport Fire Service was already tackling the fire. Our crew took over the scene so they could return to their air-side duties.

"The fire was in the engine compartment of a van and was quickly extinguished. One adjacent vehicle suffered minor heat damage."

Main image and video credit: Barry Harris.

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