By-pass closed as crews tackle mystery fire

PUBLISHED: 12:14 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

A BY-PASS near the M25 had to be closed this morning (Thursday) after a suspected fire prevented heavy lorries from entering an industrial estate along the road. Firefighters were called to the NFT Distribution warehouse in the Riverside industrial park a

A BY-PASS near the M25 had to be closed this morning (Thursday) after a suspected fire prevented heavy lorries from entering an industrial estate along the road.

Firefighters were called to the NFT Distribution warehouse in the Riverside industrial park along the London Colney bypass at around 4am.

On arrival they found the building heavily smoke-logged but no obvious source of fire. They searched the warehouse using thermal-imaging cameras until around 6am but could not ascertain where the smoke had come from. The firefighters from St Albans did however suspect that it might have been the result of a burnt-out electrical fitting.

While firefighters were searching the premises, lorries were stacked up along the bypass as they couldn't enter the industrial estate to drop off their loads.

Police closed the bypass from the junction with the M25 roundabout at 5am.

It reopened briefly around 20 minutes later but had to be closed again at around 5.40am until just after 6am due to the volume of traffic.

It's the second time in less than a month that fire crews have been called to the warehouse. On January 7 they had to pump out the building after it flooded when there was a burst in the sprinkler system.

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