Fire broke out at flats above row of shops in How Wood

Fire engines on the scene in How Wood this afternoon (May 17).

Fire engines on the scene in How Wood this afternoon (May 17). - Credit: Pearce Bates

A fire broke out at a block of flats above a row of shops in How Wood. 

Police and firefighters were called just before 4pm this afternoon (May 17).  

Fire-damaged flat in How Wood this afternoon (May 17).

Fire-damaged flat in How Wood this afternoon (May 17). - Credit: Pearce Bates

Pictures from the scene show two fire engines on the scene and a fire-damaged property. 

A member of Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service told The Herts Advertiser that the fire had begun in the bedroom of the flat, with the inhabitants alerted to it by a fire alarm.

The residents closed the fire door to the bedroom area, and exited the building with nobody injured as a result of the fire.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police said: “We were called at 3.43pm today (Tuesday, May 17) by the fire and rescue service who were at the scene of a building fire in How Wood.  

Police close the road at How Wood this afternoon (May 17).

Police close the road at How Wood this afternoon (May 17). - Credit: Pearce Bates

“The call was just for awareness with nobody injured and everyone out of the building.  

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“Officers attended to assist with road closures.” 

A spokesperson for the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Four fire engines from St Albans, Watford and Hatfield fire stations are dealing with fire in a third floor flat.

"The occupants have been safely accounted for."