December 27, 2008: Local Councillor and former Hatherleigh fireman Dennis Bater has written about his frustration at the events of Dec 23rd. He mentions Lesley Orgar, the commander of his division, who always lectured that one day the George would burn: "It's not if, its when," he'd say. "That day could make real firemen of you. Fail and you will have the biggest bonfire Hatherleigh has ever seen. Succeed and you will be heroes."
Dennis says that these words were ringing in his ears during the night of the 23rd!
Read what Dennis had to say about the way the fire was fought.
(UPDATE 28th December: Dennis added some technical details to his page, explaining how a thatch fire should be fought.)