Fire­fight­ers con­trol ex-RAF site blaze

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS bat­tled to take con­trol of a blaze at the for­mer RAF Uxbridge site.

It took fire­fight­ers just over two hours to get the fire un­der con­trol, on Wed­nes­day, May 27, af­ter they con­fined it to one row of derelict houses, which is sched­uled for de­mo­li­tion.

The roof and first floor of the per­son­nel house were badly dam­aged by the blaze.

Watch manager Luke Gibbs, who at­tended the blaze, said: “When fire crews ar­rived, the en­tire roof of the end of ter­race house was alight and not long af­ter­wards the first floor and roof col­lapsed.

“Fire crews man­aged to stop the fire spread­ing to the next house along the row, de­spite the sever­ity of the fire.”

Parts of the ex-RAF Uxbridge site are cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped into a new hous­ing com­plex, St An­drew’s Park.

A spokesman for de­vel­op­ers St Mod­wen said: “We are aware of the fire which took place on a neigh­bour­ing site to that owned by St Mod­wen. It has not af­fected our con­struc­tion plans.”

Four fire en­gines and 21 fire­fight­ers and of­fi­cers from Ruis­lip, Feltham, Hayes and Hilling­don fire sta­tions at­tended the in­ci­dent.

The Lon­don Fire Brigade was called at 6.47pm and the fire was un­der con­trol at 9pm.

The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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