Oil storage depot required 60 firefighters to tackle blaze

An oil storage depot on Kingsnorth Industrial Estate, Hoo, Kent was the site of a blaze requiring 60 firefighters to extinguish it.

The fire was on open ground at the depot and started with two road tankers, however spread very quickly to include 1000 litre plastic storage drums and 200 litre steel oil drums which were situated in the storage yard. The involvement of these storage containers resulted in burning oil spreading to land next to the storage depot that had been cleared ready for development.

Specialist equipment and fire crews from London Fire Brigade and Essex Fire and Rescue Service came to aid the battle against the spread of the fire to three other industrial units.

The fire was reported at 11 pm on Friday and was finally under control at 5.45am the next day.