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Questions asked as fire continues to burn in Nazeing

Date posted: 18-05-2017

Essex Fire

ESSEX Firefighters have been called to a fire involving a pile of wood in Hoe Lane, Nazeing.

The pile, which contains planks of wood, measures approximately 60m x 30m.

At 5pm fire officers at the scene report the pile of wood is completely alight. Firefighters are using hoses to protect the surrounding area. Crews are monitoring the fire closely.

Hoe Lane may be closed temporarily at times during the incident for the safety of our crews while using the fire hydrants in the road.

At 6:30pm fire officers at the scene have reported that crews are working hard to protect the surrounding risks.

The current crew and fire engines, who have been on-site for over three hours, will be released shortly and replaced by four new fire engines and crew.

Crews will continue to work through the night and this incident is likely to take up to a week to extinguish due to the large volume of wood.

Update: Wednesday 17 May, 9am – Three fire engines remain at the scene of the fire which is burning under control.

Update: Thursday 18 May, 8am – Two fire engines remain at the scene of the fire which is burning under control.

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Robert Halfon was incredibly disturbed to learn that the woodpile located at a site off Hoe Lane in Nazeing had caught alight again for the 4th time shortly after an Enforcement Notice had been issued against the site owners.

Robert Halfon said “For the past few years I have been working hard to resolve problems at this location as these have been having a serious impact on residents and businesses in Nazeing. I have contacted the Environment Agency, Epping Forest District Council and local councillors on numerous occasions and met with fire officers when I visited the site in September.

Whilst the previous operators of the business have been prosecuted, I was promised that there would be on-going monitoring of the site and its new operators however I was in communication with the Environment Agency, over dust nuisance, as recently as March.

Enough is enough – there should be no more woodpiles at this location. The Environment Agency must take all necessary steps to protect those living and working in the Nazeing area from this terrible nuisance and as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Nazeing I will be speaking to both the Environment Agency and DEFRA to see what else can be done, as well as liaising with Epping Forest District Council. I will also contact the Fire Service who will not only be on site for a considerable time dealing with the fire but also investigating how it started.”

Epping Forest District Cllr. Richard Bassett said “I have been on site today and spoken with the people and businesses that are adjacent to the site. This is the 4th fire at this site in a few years – surely people must realise that this is not a suitable location for this type of business. You could smell the woodpile fire from as far away as Epping and I am very concerned on what contaminates might be in the woodpile and any implications on the health and wellbeing of residents in Nazeing. The Environment Agency needs to act to resolve this once and for all and to protect our residents?”

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