Firefighter warns about dangers of clutter after Potters Bar fire

PUBLISHED: 11:52 31 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:53 31 January 2019

Firefighters battled the spread of the fire to the roof of the home on Byng Drive, Potters Bar. Picture: Karl Tankard

Firefighters battled the spread of the fire to the roof of the home on Byng Drive, Potters Bar. Picture: Karl Tankard

Karl Tankard

Firefighters have warned against the risks of collecting too many things in your home after a fire in a Potters Bar home.

Firefighters battled the spread of the fire to the roof of the home on Byng Drive, Potters Bar. Picture: Karl TankardFirefighters battled the spread of the fire to the roof of the home on Byng Drive, Potters Bar. Picture: Karl Tankard

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.

Fire engines were called out to a house fire on Byng Drive, Potters Bar. Picture: Herts PoliceFire engines were called out to a house fire on Byng Drive, Potters Bar. Picture: Herts Police

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.

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