Double parked car delays fire crews reaching blaze in Redfield

fireengineFirefighters called out to a Redfield street late last night, where the flames from three cars on fire were affecting a nearby house, were delayed because of a double parked car.

When crews arrived at the end of Cooksley Road they could see the fire but were unable to drive the engine any further as a vehicle was parked on the corner.

Crews got out of the vehicle and ran hoses down the road before a local resident came and moved the vehicle.

The fire, which is it believed was started deliberately, affected the windows and doors of a property.

An Avon Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said “Fortunately the occupant, a man in his 60s, who was inside the property at the time, was unhurt. Had firefighters been further delayed, the incident could have been much worse.

“Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind drivers to think carefully before parking their vehicles.

“Never double park or park on corners and always leave room for a fire engine to get through in the event of an incident. Fire engines are much larger than standard vehicles and need plenty of room to manoeuvre.”