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Oil inferno fire services 'desperately stretched'

The fire service leading the battle against the inferno at an oil terminal today was 'desperately stretched', the Fire Brigades' Union said today.

Specialised help has poured in from across Britain to fight the blaze but few crews were available for fires elsewhere in Hertfordshire, a union spokesman said.

Spokesman Duncan Milligan said at times just one crew was being dispatched to house or flat fires where normally up to three would attend.

Mr Milligan said: 'The resources in Hertfordshire are desperately stretched. They have had to deal with a flat fire in Stevenage with one fire engine.

'Normally you would have at least two and possibly at least a third one.'

At another fire at a house in Radlett, he said: 'They were desperately stretched to try and get anyone to it.

'The point being, yes there is a major incident but there is the fact that everything else has to be dealt with as well.'

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