Road re-opens after Mansfield blaze

Bath Lane fire - Photo by Richard Gleed-Owen
Bath Lane fire - Photo by Richard Gleed-Owen
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FIREFIGHTERS tackled a blaze at a disused building on Bath Lane in Mansfield on Thursday afternoon and evening, which led to the closure of Bath Lane for several hours.

The major road into the town centre was closed off as emergency crews fought the flames. Plumes of smoke drifted over the town centre.

The building affected, alongside the main road, was part of the former Metal Box site, which is being cleared as part of redevelopment plans.

On Friday the fire service said it was waiting for what was left of the building to be demolished.

A police spokesman told Chad that the cause of the blaze was under investigation. No-one is thought to have been hurt in the incident.

The fire service reported that three appliances were called to the scene - from Mansfield, Ashfield and Warsop - together with the high rise appliance from Mansfield.

They used a hose reel and two jets to tackle the building.

Chad readers Richard Gleed-Owen, Terry Riddlesden and Paul Horton took photographs of the drama.

In another incident involving emrgency crews in the area, a man was taken to hospital yesterday after being trapped under a small digger on Wheatfield Crescent, Mansfield Woodhouse.

Mansfield firefighters took 10 minutes to lift the machinery off, but said the victim seemed well despite the accident.