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Fire tears through vacant home in Primrose Hill

Firefighters had to cut through metal bars to access the vacant property

06 March, 2017 — By William McLennan

PICTURE: London Fire Brigade

Firefighters tackled a blaze at an empty house in Primrose Hill this morning.

Six fire engines were called to the home – which the London Fire Brigade described as a “disused terraced house” – in Elsworthy Rise shortly after midnight.

Fire crews’ job was complicated by security measures installed on the vacant property and they were forced to cut through a metal grille before they could fight the flames.

Flames and smoke caused damage throughout the building, the brigade said.

Dave Waters, who was at the scene, said: “This house was empty and awaiting redevelopment and so firefighters had to cut through metal security grills before they could access the fire.

“This was a technically difficult fire to tackle, not only was thick black pouring from the building but the floor had partially collapsed. However, crews managed to stop the fire spreading to neighbouring properties.”

The brigade was called at 12:15am and crews from Kentish Town, West Hampstead, Euston and Paddington fire stations had controlled the blaze by 3:20am.


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