Crews tackle two Whittlesey fires

A teenager has been charged with arson after fires in Welwyn Garden City

A teenager has been charged with arson after fires in Welwyn Garden City - Credit: Archant

Firefighters tackled two blazes in the space of a couple of hours in Whittlesey on Wednesday.

One crew from Whittlesey, one crew from Stanground and one crew from Thorney were called to a chimney fire in The George Hotel, Market Place, at 11.55am.

Firefighters used hose reels to extinguish the fire, which was caused accidentally, before returning to their stations by 1pm.

A fire service spokesman said: “Please ensure that you get your chimney swept and the brickwork inspected at least once a year.

“This will help to prevent a chimney fire.”


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One crew from Whittlesey and one crew from Stanground were called to a shed fire in Benwick Road, Whittlesey, at 1.40pm.

They found a diesel generator on fire, which had been removed by a farmer from within a shed.

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Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to extinguish the fire and returned to their stations by 2.40pm.

The cause of the fire was accidental.

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