Up in smoke

Sev­enty fire­fight­ers tackle fire as plumes fill the sky

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SEV­ENTY fire­fight­ers were in ac­tion in Hare­field on Satur­day night af­ter 4,000 tonnes of waste wood caught alight. Crews were still tack­ling pock­ets of fire by the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

THICK plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away af­ter 4,000 tonnes of waste wood caught fire in Uxbridge on Satur­day.

Ten fire en­gines and more than 70 fire­fight­ers bat­tled the burn­ing blaze at New Years Green Lane, Hare­field.

The fire, which started at around 6pm on Satur­day, was still be­ing put out the fol­low­ing morn­ing with crews damp­ing down deepseated pock­ets of fire.

The Lon­don Fire Brigade said there were no re­ported in­juries.

Speak­ing at the time, sta­tion man­ager Gareth Cook, who was at the scene, said: “Fire­fight­ers worked hard to bring the fire un­der con­trol, but this is a pro­tracted in­ci­dent with crews likely to re­main at the scene through­out Sun­day morn­ing to en­sure the fire is com­pletely out.”

Ten fire en­gines and fire­fight­ers from Ruis­lip, Har­row, Hilling­don, Northolt and other fire sta­tions in the sur­round­ing area at­tended the in­ci­dent.

The Lon­don Fire Brigade were called at 6.05pm and the fire was un­der con­trol at 1.48am.

The cause of the blaze is cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Pic­ture: Lon­don Fire Briagde

n PLUMES: Thick smoke bil­lows from Hare­field Waste and Re­cy­cling Cen­tre

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