Big fire breaks out at Stevenage’s Fairlands Valley Park as black plume of smoke seen across the town

Firefighters tackling the fire in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage. Picture: Supplied to the Comet

Firefighters tackling the fire in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage. Picture: Supplied to the Comet - Credit: Archant

A plume of black smoke has been seen billowing from Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage after a big fire which started on a plastic jetty.

The black plume of smoke coming from Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage, as captured by Rachel Meen

The black plume of smoke coming from Fairlands Valley Park in Stevenage, as captured by Rachel Meen near to the Grace Way junction. - Credit: Archant

At least three crews were called to the park off Fairlands Way to tackle the blaze – which started at about 9pm on the island within the lakes.

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage. Picture: Danny Loo

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Firefighters have tweeted to say the fire is under control, but for the public to keep their windows shut.

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It is not yet clear what caused the blaze.

Smoke from the fire in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage, could be seen from across the town. Picture

Smoke from the fire in Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage, could be seen from across the town. Picture: James Creighton - Credit: Archant

Collette Cooper told the Comet: “I was coming out of Marriotts gym and it made me jump when I saw all that smoke so close. I live nearby and a friend rang me thinking it was my house!”

Black smoke could be seen bellowing from the island within Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage. Picture

Black smoke could be seen bellowing from the island within Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage. Picture: Supplied to the Comet - Credit: Archant


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Kristina tweeted @thecomet24: “I could see the smoke from Jacks Hill [in Graveley]. Wondered where it was coming from!”

Peter O’Connor also tweeted: “I hope the impact on the wildlife is minimal.”

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