A PERSON has been left with serious injuries after an incident in Cirencester on Sunday evening (September 18).
The person had been working on a vehicle inside a garage when the vehicle ignited.
Two fire engines, two ambulance crews, and police attended the incident in Ermin Place at around 6pm.
The patient was later taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol by air ambulance.
Edward Prewett, 36, who lives nearby witnessed the fire and said the smoke was ‘billowing’ out.
“It happened at the top of Ermin Place, I live near the bottom,” he said.
“There were ambulances, police, fire and they were there for several hours.
“It was a bit alarming, to suddenly see black smoke.
“We are not used to much happening up here.
“There was thick smoke billowing out.
“There were lots of people in the street. I went up and saw crowds coming out.
“No area was sealed off at first, people were just being asked to stay back.
“When I got up there there was someone sitting on the lawn with a medic and some other people.
“Apparently a man was in the garage when the fire started.
“I think the emergency services did their job well.
“It was handled effectively and they have my praise.”
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said they used two hose reels to tackle the blaze and used six breathing apparatus. The last fire crew left the scene at 8.45pm.
A spokesperson for Gloucestershire police said: “We were called by the ambulance service at 6.15pm on Sunday, September 18 with a report that a person had sustained injuries in a fire in Cirencester.
“Emergency services attended and a patient was taken to hospital.
“It is understood that the person had been working on a vehicle inside a garage when the vehicle ignited, causing them serious injuries.”
A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were called at 6.04pm on Sunday, September 18 to a fire in Cirencester.
“We sent a double-crewed land ambulance, an operations officer and an air ambulance.
“We conveyed one patient to Southmead Hospital by air ambulance.”
Ermin Place is near Tesco, McDonald’s and Aldi at Kingsmeadow Services on the A419 Cirencester Road.