Nottingham

Selston cordon lifted after gas cylinder fire

Residents have been gradually allowed back into their homes after the cordon was lifted around a site of a fire involving gas cylinders.

Fire crews were called to a shed on Nottingham Road in Selston at about 02:00 BST on Monday. Two people were taken to hospital as a precaution.

A 200m (656ft) cordon was put in place while six acetylene cylinders were left to cool for 24 hours.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is investigating how the fire started.

Nottingham Road, which was closed between the Langton Hollow and Mansfield Road junctions, has been reopened.

Some families spent two nights in temporary accommodation before the cordon, which was reduced to 75m (246ft), was removed completely.

Station manager Gary Swinn, from the fire service, said: "Our protocol for dealing with acetylene cylinders is to cool with water for 24 hours, with regular temperature checks using thermal imaging cameras.

"Subject to the cylinders remaining cool after the period, it was safe to remove the cordon and allow people back in to their homes."

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