A 55-YEAR-OLD man has been left with serious burns following an explosion at a building on Honeybourne Airfield Trading Estate.
Emergency services were called to the scene at about 9.30am this morning (Wednesday) after reports of an explosion at one of the units.
The 55-year-old man suffered burns to his face, head and arms and has been taken to the specialist burns centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
There are currently 60 firefighters and 10 fire engines from Hereford and Worcester, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire at the scene tackling the blaze which has now been brought under control.
An ambulance, a community paramedic, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, paramedics from the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a senior paramedic officer attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a 55-year-old man who had suffered burns to his face, head and arms.
“In order to stabilise his condition, the man was given pain relief before his wounds were treated and covered with specialist burns dressings.
“The man was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a specialist burns centre, for onward care.
“HART paramedics and a senior paramedic officer remain on scene to provide support to firefighters whilst they continue to tackle the blaze.”
Hereford and Worcester Fire Service Group Commander, George Marshall, said: “Upon arrival, the crews were faced with a severe fire in an industrial building involving LPG bullets.
“The fire was then tackled and brought under control at approximately 12:15pm using jets and compressed air foam.
“Crews will remain at the scene for a considerable time to cool the cylinders and for damping down.”
Surrounding roads are currently open as normal, but a cordon has been put in place around a section of the trading estate.
Police are advising members of the public who don’t need to access the site to avoid the area to allow emergency vehicles clear access.