Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Firework sets rotting tree alight

FIREFIGHTERS were called to Phyllis Court Club in Henley on Saturday after a rotting tree was set alight during a

FIREFIGHTERS were called to Phyllis Court Club in Henley on Saturday after a rotting tree was set alight during a bonfire and fireworks display.

The debris from an exploded firework started the blaze at the private members’ club. A six-man crew took 20 minutes to bring the fire under control and then spent more than two hours trying to retrieve the firework, which was still burning, from inside the tree.

The following morning the burnt section of the tree was cut off.

More than 100 people were at the display, which was run by a fireworks company from Maidenhead.

Club director Graham Owen blamed the windy conditions. He said: “It was the burning debris of a firework that got lodged in the tree. The fireworks were set off down by the river and the tree is near the car park. It was just an unusual wind direction.”

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