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August 10, 2023

Firefighters rescued a pet snake from a first-floor bedroom after a fire broke out in a semi-detached house in Greenford this Wednesday (9 August).

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters tackled a house fire on Ferrymead Avenue which damaged part of the roof.

The brigade received the first call at 4:25pm and had the incident under control by 6:57pm with crews from Southall, Northolt, Ealing and Wembley fire stations attending.

Other than the snake, there was nobody in the house at the time the fire broke out.

Fire fighters believed that the fire started accidentally at a solar panel on the building. PVStop, which is a black liquid polymer coating designed to cover solar panels like a liquid tarpaulin, was used to isolate power to ten solar panels.

It works by blocking the sunlight that powers solar panels, so the process of converting light into electricity is stopped. The panels are then de-energised, and the risk of electrocution is greatly reduced so crews can get closer and prevent fire spreading from a roof to the rest of the building.

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