Fire crews navigate railway crowds to reach Swanage garage fire

Shortly after the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman arrived in Swanage, the local fire station received a report that a garage was on fire.

Two fire engines headed towards the incident in Rabling Road in Swanage at 12.13 pm on Tuesday 18th October 2022.

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Swanage Fire engine on railway bridge

Swanage Fire Station crews on their way to the fire, heading over Northbrook Bridge with the Flying Scotsman on the tracks in the distance

Crowds had gathered to see the Flying Scotsman

Taking the route via Northbrook Bridge which overlooks Swanage Railway Station, people who had gathered to view the famous locomotive’s arrival, quickly got out of the way to let the emergency services through.

Flying Scotsman is most famous for being the first steam locomotive in the UK to haul a train at 100 miles an hour, during a test run in 1934. The locomotive is visiting Swanage Railway for three weeks until Monday 7th November 2022.

The fire was at a detached single garage adjacent to a home in Rabling Road, a residential area of Swanage.

Swanage Fire Station attend fire in garage in Rabling Road
Swanage Fire Station

The roof of the garage in Rabling Road

“The fire was mostly confined to the roof space”

Swanage Fire Station reported:

“The fire was mostly confined to the roof space and was extinguished using two hose reel jets, two sets of breathing apparatus and the removal and cutting away of the roof timbers and tiles.”

The fire crews had left the scene by 2 pm, although a crew did pop back in the evening for a reinspection.

Swanage Fire Station attend fire in garage in Rabling Road
Swanage Fire Station
Swanage Fire Station attend fire in garage in Rabling Road
Swanage Fire Station
Swanage Fire Station attend fire in garage in Rabling Road
Swanage Fire Station

Fire crews arrive in the residential area of Rabling Road

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