Firefighter warns about dangers of clutter after Potters Bar fire
PUBLISHED: 11:52 31 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:53 31 January 2019
Firefighters have warned against the risks of collecting too many things in your home after a fire in a Potters Bar home.
At 12.07pm on January 25, firefighters were called out to a major blaze in a semi-detached house in Byng Drive.
Crews from eight stations arrived as the ground floor was fully alight, and battled the blaze as it reached the roof, where it caused a partial building collapse.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but there was a very large amount of combustible material throughout the house, aiding the spread of the fire.
“There was a large volume of stuff,” said Potters Bar watch commander Alan Wolfe.
He urged people to be mindful of the fire dangers of accumulating too many things at home, and asked them to keep their homes clear.
He added this also makes it easier to escape in the event of a fire.
Thankfully, the elderly lady occupant managed to escape and was treated for mild smoke inhalation.
Commander Wolfe explained how firefighters managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the neighbouring home despite the volume of materials.
“Our firefighters created a break to stop it spreading, cutting holes in the roof and taking away the combustible materials using saws.”
In the overall operation they used six pieces of breathing apparatus, three main jets, two hose reel jets and two ladders.