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Firefighters hampered by parked cars on way to small house fire in Westbury Road
Firefighters had to abandon their engine and make their way to a house fire on foot after parked cars blocked a road in West Watford today.
Tightly packed cars in Westbury Road meant the fire engine could not turn onto it from Liverpool Road after being called to the blaze at around 5.40am.
The small fire started after part of the external fittings on the front of a house caught light.
Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames with a hose reel and then cut away part of the fittings to ensure the fire did not reignite.
Watch commander Lee Haward, from Watford Fire Station, said: “That could have potentially spread through the front and into the roof.
“The family all got out safely and they did have a working smoke alarm.”
Mr Haward added that although this job was straight forward, he urged drivers to also think about the emergency services when they park their cars.
“There were so many cars we just could not turn into the road,” he said.
“People think ‘a car can get round there’ and a car could. But it is another matter for a fire appliance, which is like a 13 to 14 ton truck.”
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