Statement from the Leader of Hounslow Council on the Stanley Road Allotments fire

Seventy firefighters and council staff responded to a fire at allotments adjacent to Stanley Road on the afternoon of Saturday 28 July

Published: Monday, 30th July 2018

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Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:

“Seventy firefighters and council staff responded to a fire at allotments adjacent to Stanley Road on the afternoon of Saturday 28 July.

Two hectares of allotments, plus outbuildings and the adjacent builders warehouse were either destroyed or badly damaged by the fire.

A safety cordon encompassing Stanley Road was put in place and around fifty people were evacuated as a precaution. One person was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service for smoke inhalation. Thankfully there were no further injuries reported and the fire was prevented from spreading further.

I met Building Control Officers who were on scene yesterday, once given the all clear by LFB, along with Hounslow Highways staff who coordinated the road closure and cordoned off the affected warehouse. Because of the severity of the fire I wanted to the see the damage for myself. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

I would like to extend a huge thanks to all the emergency services for their rapid response as well as the council staff who attended.”

Residents are reminded to take care not to drop cigarettes or matches on dry grass and to keep a very close eye on barbecues.

Grass fires can quickly spread and cause serious damage, so if you see grass smoldering, please call 999 immediately.”

Tips on preventing grass fires by London Fire Brigade 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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