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3rd July 2022, 18:37

Fire by Eroski car park sees wooden pallets ablaze; GFRS and AFRS deployed

A fire by the Eroski car park on Sunday afternoon saw appliances from both the city and airport fire and rescue services deployed.

The fire appears to have begun shortly before 4.30pm; a large stack of wooden pallets by the supermarket had caught fire. Nobody was injured.

The GFRS worked with the Airport Fire and Rescue Service to tackle the fire, with breathing apparatus teams deployed. It was brought under control within around half an hour, with fire service crews then damping down the area and checking for hot spots.

A spokesperson for Eroski told GBC they believe cardboard set aside for recycling caught fire, with the blaze then spreading to the pallets. Wooden pallets have been piling up in Gibraltar recently as a result of Brexit; earlier this year, the Government put in place legislation to stop non-compliant wooden pallets entering Gibraltar

The spokesperson said the shop was able to remain open as the fire was some distance away; the car park was temporarily closed but has now partially reopened. They said there was no significant damage, and thanked  the emergency services for their quick response. The spokesperson added Eroski would investigate the incident further and take measures towards preventing it from happening again.