Fire station watch manager thanks public for their ‘community spirit’ during blaze in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 10:39 30 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 30 June 2018

The damage caused by the fire. Picture: ESSEX FIRE

The damage caused by the fire. Picture: ESSEX FIRE

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The watch manager at Saffron Walden Fire Station has thanked the public for their support during yesterday’s ‘challenging’ fire in Church Street.

The damage caused by the fire. Picture: ESSEX FIREThe damage caused by the fire. Picture: ESSEX FIRE

In a Facebook post, the watch manager at Saffron Walden Fire Station, Paul Curtis, said: “I am very grateful for all the support the local community gave us during the serious fire in Church Street, Saffron Walden.

“It was a really challenging incident for the local fire crews who work in extremely hot temperatures inside the buildings, made worse by the high outside temperature.

The damage caused by the fire. Picture: ESSEX FIREThe damage caused by the fire. Picture: ESSEX FIRE

“They work to prevent it spreading to other properties until support arrived from Stansted, Harlow and Grays fire stations.

“Thanks also to Haverhill and Halstead FS for keeping Saffron Walden safe whilst we were at work.

Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOPicture: SAFFRON PHOTO

“Two guys who I must publicly mention. Firstly, the young chap who bought dozens of ice creams for the dehydrated crews exiting the fire after battling to contain it...these guys worked in arduous conditions non-stop so this was a welcome surprise and very much appreciated, and secondly to the local ice cream van man who stopped to offer us 99s when we were clearing up in the street after the fire. Thanks to you all. What great community spirit.”

Firefighters were called at 3.05pm yesterday to a fire in the roof of a furniture shop on Church Street.

Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOPicture: SAFFRON PHOTO

When firefighters arrived they reported the fire was in the roof of the three storey property which measured approximately 15m x 15m.

Church Street was closed to traffic so fire crews could safely deal with the fire.

Parts of the roof affected by the fire partially collapsed and by 6.15pm the fire was put out and incident was scaled down.

The cause of the fire in unknown at this stage. An investigation will be carried out.

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