Fire affecting several homes
Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey
17/05/2018 @ 11:28
Incident Number: 77499
In attendance: 1 x Epping, 1 x Loughton, 1 x Waltham Abbey, 1 x Harlow, 1 x Ongar, 1 x Grays (Aerial Ladder Platform), 1 x Cheshunt (Herts Fire Service), 1 x Potters Bar (Herts Fire Service)
Firefighters were called to a fire involving the roof spaces of a number of homes in Waltham Abbey.
The Incident Commander reported that four properties, spanning an area of around 50 metres by 20 metres, have been affected.
The road was closed and a cordon was set up with the support of Essex Police, while firefighters remained at the scene.
Due to the amount of smoke being created by the fire, the nearby school – Leverton Primary School – was temporarily closed.
The school was not affected by the fire. Pupils at the school were kept inside temporarily to avoid potential smoke inhalation.
The Incident Commander also liaised with utility services to isolate supplies to the homes affected.
At 2pm, the incident commander reported that the roof spaces of two semi-detached properties were completely alight. Firefighters used an Aerial Ladder Platform to allow them to tackle the fire from height.
At 3pm, pupils from the school were moved to the nearby Marriott Hotel to allow parents to safely collect them away from the scene of the fire.
At 3.45pm, the incident was being scaled down. The Incident Commander advised that four semi-detached homes were affected by the fire in total. Firefighters are currently extinguishing hotspots within the properties.
At 5.15pm, the fire was well under control and the cordon has been reduced. The area affected by fire was cordoned off overnight before a fire investigation could take place on Friday morning.
At 8pm, the fire was out. An investigation will take place on Friday to determine the cause of the fire.
Update - As of Saturday afternoon, the fire investigation is still ongoing. This page will be updated when the investigation is complete.
Essex Police Statement: "We are appealing for witnesses to a fire that affected four houses and a garage in Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey.
"Emergency services were alerted at 11.40am on Thursday, May 17.
"Four homes and a domestic garage were extensively damaged.
"A joint fire and police investigation is ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.
"As part of those enquiries, we are keen to speak to witnesses who have yet to come forward, particularly a man who was seen filming the incident.
"Contact Loughton CID on 101 quoting reference 42/68968/18."