Fire still burning but cost unclear

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A fire that began nearly six weeks ago at a recycling base is still burning – but it is unknown how much public cash has been spent on it.

Herts Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Simon Hoggett said the information was unavailable and that he could not say how much time firefighters have spent at the site either.

But he said John Mills, the county’s deputy chief fire officer, had told him more information on the blaze should be available by mid-January.

Mr Hoggett said the fire at the Appspond Lane site just outside of Leverstock Green is now ‘smouldering’ and being monitored by staff as it burns itself out.

Firefighters still check up on it once a day, but no longer spend all day there.