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Large scrap yard fire tackled

Charles Trent

A large fire involving more than 170 vehicles has been tackled at a scrap yard in south-west England.

Charles Trent in Poole, Dorset, reopened this week after more than 60 firefighters put out a blaze that broke out on 17 June.

The company’s managing director Marc Trent thanked Dorset & Wilshire Fire and Rescue Service and Dorset Police for their work in dealing with the fire, which was tackled overnight and extinguished the following morning.

He said nobody was hurt and the firm’s main business on Ringwood Road was unaffected.

It is believed the fire was caused by a short circuit in the electrics of a vehicle brought to the site that day, according to the fire service.

Trent said on the night of the fire: “I would like to thank the public, regular customers and friends for their kind messages, concerns and calls. We have been completely overwhelmed by all the support.

“Tonight has really put it into perspective that Charles Trent is not just a business, it is 90 years of hard work and memories. Charles Trent is a huge part of our family and a familiar place for most in the Poole area.

“We will be open for business as usual tomorrow.”

National Police Air Service and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust also attended the scene.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, another fire at a scrap yard in south Wales was also tackled during the weekend. Some 24 firefighters helped put out a large blaze at at KDK Metals’ 50x50m building in Newport on 18 June.

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