Quick thinking staff save car garage from serious fire damage

A fire at a vehicle workshop in Milton Keynes very nearly caused serious damage but for the quick thinking of the staff on site.

One of the cars being stored inside the garage on Barton Road suddenly burst into flames, with people quickly evacuated from the premises while a select group of staff tackled the issue. Firefighters have praised the mechanics at the workshop for their quick actions that stopped the fire spreading after it broke out at 12.30pm on Tuesday (11 August).

Fires are a common risk at car dealerships and garages due to the flammable materials stored on site. A combined motor trade insurance will not only protect the value of the cars stored at the premises, but it can also provide cover for equipment, spare parts and the building itself. Moreover, employer's liability cover as part of this business insurance can offer additional protection in case members of staff are hurt in an accident on the site.

Speaking to the Milton Keynes Citizen, watch commander Chris Montague from Bletchley Fire Station said: “The building’s occupants reacted very quickly to the fire and used a 9kg powder dry extinguisher to knock down the flames before carrying out a full evacuation.

“This intervention reduced the damage caused to the vehicle, prevented smoke damage to the premises and prevented the fire from developing into a more serious incident.

“The crew from Bletchley assisted in removing the car, damping down the car’s engine using a hose reel and giving advice to the vehicle owner and the occupants of the premises.”