Hatfield sheds fire: Owners ‘devastated’ after inferno destroys property
PUBLISHED: 14:10 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 26 June 2018
Residents have described a fireball flying 50 metres into the air during a blaze that destroyed two sheds in Hatfield.
Crews from Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans rushed to Birchwood Close at around 1am on Saturday, June 23, after a bonfire that wasn’t properly extinguished took hold.
One of the sheds’ owners told the WHT that during the blaze a gas canister exploded and launched the flames up the side of a nearby tree.
A Crawford Road resident, who owned the other shed, said: “It sent a fireball like I have never seen before up that tree. I have never experienced anything like it.
“The heat was just immense, and my little hanging lights have melted, it was just very scary.”
She added she was “devastated” as many of the tools that melted had been passed down through generations, and several tomato, cucumber and strawberry plants were also left withering.
A Birchwood Close resident said that after seeing “an orange glow” through the blinds he spotted the fire and shot out with a hose while warning the neighbours.
Describing the gas canister explosion, he added: “It wasn’t so much of a ‘bang’, it was a ‘whoosh’ because of all the pressure that was released. It shot flames 40-50 metres into the air.”
Another local said: “I thought ‘oh my god, quick, phone the fire brigade’.
“First of all we saw a little flicker, but then it has gone up to the top of the tree.
“It was huge, really frightening, and then the gas canister went off and it [the fire] went ‘whoosh’.”
Numerous residents also praised the “brilliant” firefighters for how they tackled the blaze, during which no-one was injured.
A tweet from Hatfield Fire Station, relating to the incident, said: “Before having bonfires ensure it’s positioned well away from fences/bushes etc... give the surrounding area a wet down with your hose.
“Only burn small amounts at a time otherwise you may end up like this.”