Accidental garage blaze takes two hours to tackle

Orchard Street, Hemel Hempstead
Orchard Street, Hemel Hempstead

Firefighters battled a fire at an Apsley car garage for more than two hours yesterday.

The blaze on the first floor of the detached building in Orchard Street, off London Road, which is used as a garage workshop, required assistance from two Hemel Hempstead crews and a third from Kings Langley, after emergency calls were made shortly before 4.15pm.

Breathing apparatus and hosereels were used to put out the fire, which is believed to have been started accidentally.

The building was ventilated and made safe by 6.15pm.