Thursday, May 08, 2014

Historic Concorde catches fire at Brooklands Museum

Volunteer firefighters at Brooklands Museum tackled an electrical fire in the famous Concorde airplane.  

A historic Concorde which the public can explore at a Weybridge museum nearly went up in flames on Saturday (May 3).

Firefighters were called to Brooklands Museum at around 4.30pm when an electrical fire began in the cabin of the famous aeroplane.

The on-site Brooklands Museum Fire and Rescue Service evacuated the plane and brought the situation under control.

The volunteers have been providing specialist fire and first aid services for more than 20 years.

The plane affected is used for the Concorde Experience, where people are able to explore the supersonic aircraft.

A Brooklands Museum spokesman said: "A small component in the AV system in the front cabin of Concorde burned out without affecting any other part of the aircraft.

"The small amount of smoke resulting from this was enough to trigger the fire alarm in the aircraft.

"Concorde was quickly evacuated and checked by the Brooklands Museum Fire and Rescue Service."

The Concorde Experience was running normally again the next day.

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