Neighbour tries to put fire out after barn ‘engulfed’ in flames in Pudding Lane, Chigwell

10:07 26 March 2013

A neighbour was unable to prevent a house fire from spreading after a barn was engulfed in flames causing it to partly collapse on Monday morning.

Firefighters spent almost five hours attending the inferno in Pudding Lane, Chigwell, after being forced to fight the fire from outside after half of the converted barn crashed to the ground.

About 30 firefighters were called out to the home after the fire started just before 5.25am.

A Woodford Green firefighter said: “We were one of the first crews who attended the fire and the remote barn was already engulfed by flames. It took about an hour to get the fire under control.

“The timber building caught alight very quickly and the flames were big enough to catch an outbuilding about 10ft away. A neighbour tried to put the fire out, but the porch nearly fell on him.”

The 20x8m building was 50 per cent alight initially, before fire took hold of the entire building.

Everyone inside the house was accounted for and one woman was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

An investigation will now be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

Did you see what happened? Please call 0208 477 3800 or email

Latest Ilford News Stories

10 minutes ago
Rally outside Home Office to demand more funding to rehome Calais child refugee

Cllr Jas Athwal and  Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham Camden, Islington and Lambeth council leaders.

The leader of Redbridge Council has pledged to rehome five vulnerable and unaccompanied child refugees from the Calais ‘jungle’ camp.

Parents and children protesting about the crossing delay in April.

After two and a half years, and much political wrangling, work has begun on two crossings to help schoolchildren use a “danger road”.

53 minutes ago
Police were called following an incident in Chingford Lane, Woodford Green, this morning

Travellers who settled on a green in Chigwell last week have been visited by authorities, while legal proceedings to evict them are underway.

Do you know who suspect one is? All pictures: Met Police

Detectives are appealing for help to identify four men they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Goodmayes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now