Aldborough Hatch Farm fire: Firefighters tackle blaze the size of six football pitches
PUBLISHED: 14:03 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 23 July 2018
Seven fire engines and 75 firefighters were called to the blaze on Saturday evening.
Firefighters tackled a grass fire the size of six football pitches at Aldborough Hatch Farm.
Around six hectares of shrub land was damaged by fire on Saturday (July 21) evening.
The fire was on Newbury Park close to Aldborough Road North, and seven fire engines and around 45 firefighters from Ilford, Dagenham, Woodford, Barking, Homerton, Stratford and Hornchurch attended the incident.
The brigade was called at 3.05pm and the fire was under control by 5.30pm.
Police closed Aldborough Road North, Painters Road and Hainault Road whilst the blaze was brought under control.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A London Fire Brigade (LFB) spokesman said: “During the hot weather we are attending a large number of grass fires across London.
We’re asking the public to take care not to drop cigarettes or matches on dry grass and to keep a very close eye on barbecues. Dropped glass can also start fires as the sun can magnify the sun’s rays. Grass fires can quickly spread and cause serious damage, so if you see grass smouldering, please call 999 immediately.”
Resident Ron Jeffries told the Recorder: “Police and the fire brigade attended promptly.
“The hay had been cut a few days before on the field, but the stubble was tinder dry and the fire spread rapidly towards Fairlop Waters and the Equestrian Centre where some 30 horses are stabled.
“A resident walking a dog gave a statement to police officers. The resident saw a van drive to the spot where the travellers had left rubbish when they departed an hour or so before.
“Four men got out and set light to the rubbish before driving off at speed.
“This was clearly a case of arson.”
The brigade’s tips on preventing grass fires are as follows:
• Never leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them
• Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire
• Dispose of smoking materials such as cigarettes safely
• Explain to children the dangers of playing with and lighting fires
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