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Hilton Coachworks fire: Two taken to hospital after blaze on Bishop's Stortford industrial estate



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Two people were taken to hospital after fire broke out at a car repair business on an industrial estate in Bishop's Stortford at lunchtime on Friday (May 28).

All three emergency services – including five fire engines – rushed to the scene of the blaze at Hilton Coachworks.

Police blocked off the entrance to the Raynham Road estate, off Dunmow Road, between Hockerill crossroads and the Parsonage Lane junction.

Herts Fire and Rescue Service sent five crews to the scene (47666997)
Herts Fire and Rescue Service sent five crews to the scene (47666997)

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were called at 12.57pm to a fire in a commercial unit used as a car workshop and that the building was heavily smoke-logged.

Fire service control sent both crews from Bishop’s Stortford and from Hertford, and one from Stevenage.

Six sets of breathing apparatus, three hose reels and one covering jet were used to extinguish the fire.

Emergency services at the scene of the fire on the Raynham Road industrial estate (47665041)
Emergency services at the scene of the fire on the Raynham Road industrial estate (47665041)

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “An ambulance and three vehicles from the hazardous area response team attended a building fire on Raynham Road in Bishop’s Stortford just before 1.30pm today.

"Two patients were transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital [in Harlow] for further assessment and treatment."

Peter Hilton started the business from his parents’ double garage in 1984. It is now the largest manufacturer-approved vehicle repairer in the UK, approved by more than 20 of the country’s most prestigious brands. It employs 80 staff and repairs more than 10,000 cars a year.



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