Teens escape 'sauna blaze'
PUBLISHED: 11:28 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 26 October 2009
REVELLING teenagers were driven from a house after a fire is believed to have started in a basement sauna. Smoke cascaded out of the front door as partying youths escaped the blaze, off Hanyards Lane, Cuffley, just after 1am on Sunday. Six fire crews rush
REVELLING teenagers were driven from a house after a fire is believed to have started in a basement sauna.
Smoke cascaded out of the front door as partying youths escaped the blaze, off Hanyards Lane, Cuffley, just after 1am on Sunday.
Six fire crews rushed to the scene. It took almost four hours to extinguish the fire.
Sub officer Paul Wilson described the blaze as "savage".
"We got a call say that smoke was pouring out of the building and that someone was trapped inside," he said.
"It was a pretty extensive fire, but on arrival everyone had managed to get out of the house.
"There was 100 per cent damage to the house and it looks like it started on the lower floor."
Horrified neighbours looked on as flames ripped through the basement and ground floor of the exclusive family home, gutting and blackening everything inside.
One neighbour described the blaze as "shocking".
He said: "I first heard screams and shouts and just thought it was kids having fun.
"Then it sounded a bit like an argument and heard a girl who was hysterical.
"I looked over there and saw the fire engines which did not have sirens because it was the middle of the night.
"There was smoke but no fire outside the house and they are obviously devastated up there."
Another neighbour said: "It's awful.
"You don't expect that to happen on your street and people are very upset by the whole situation."
There was no-one at the house at the time the WHT called round.
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