20 firefighters battle massive Potters Bar blaze after half a dozen conifers go up in flames

PUBLISHED: 12:40 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 21 June 2017

The fire in Bornedene, Potters Bar.
Picture: Jack Malin

The fire in Bornedene, Potters Bar. Picture: Jack Malin

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One fire crew from Potters Bar, another from Borehamwood and two from St Albans tackled a huge blaze in Potters Bar last night.

Potters Bar fire station officer and watch commander Gary Bailey said the fire in the Bornedene area was the result of an out-of-control bonfire.

The bonfire sent a wooden outbuilding up in flames as well as trees.

Numerous calls were made to the fire service at about 10.30pm as the blaze could be seen from Mutton Lane.

Mr Bailey said: “When we got there the fire was very large. The reason it was so big is because it had caught half a dozen conifers and they burn very quickly, like big candles.

“It was a wooden outbuilding that was well alight.

“It was about 40 square metres and it was near some flats, which is why we had to deal with it quickly.”

Twenty firefighters were at the scene and they used three jets and one hose reel.

Mr Bailey, who has been a firefighter for 25 years, added: “It was a small bonfire and the guy had left it unattended.

“He was pretty shocked at what happened and won’t do it again.

“No fires should be left unattended.

“Everything is like a tinder box at the moment.”

Mr Bailey estimates that the blaze was about 10 metres high at its peak.

He praised the crews who dealt with it.

“The boys did really well. There were no injuries and no damage, apart from the outbuilding,” he said.

Eyewitness Jack Malin told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “The garden backs on to Bornedene which is a road full of flats, so you can see in the photo the fire was extremely close.

“If the fire engines didn’t arrive when they did it would of caught on to the flats.”

Fire crews were at the scene for about two hours.

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