The Fire Service have issued a statement about yesterday’s fire involving live ammunition at the Round Table.
A statement said: ‘Castletown crews were called to a car fire on Saturday in the area of the Round Table. On arrival they found one vehicle well alight which had a horse box attached.
‘Prior to crews arrival the driver of the vehicle had removed the horse safely. The owner of the vehicle quickly made the attending crews aware that he was carrying ammunition in his vehicle.
‘On receiving this information the officer in charge, Sub/O Jeff Howland, withdrew his crews to a place of safety, whilst at the same time setting up ground monitors which could remotely direct water onto the fire.
‘The roads were closed and additional appliances requested from Port Erin and Douglas along wIth the Brigade Officer.
‘Once the fire was out a police fire arms officer was requested to declare the vehicle safe. Crews were in attendance for approximately two hours.‘
Divisional Officer Carl Kinvig said: ;This is a classic example of the unknown dangers crews can face when turning up to what on the face of it would appear to be a straight forward car fire.
‘The quick actions of the owner to alert crews to the ammunition within the vehicle allowed the incident commander to change his tactical plan quickly, which kept the public and his crews safe. Several loud bangs which crews thought to be the ammunition detonating were heard coming from the vehicle. At the height of the fire a 300 meter cordon was in place.’