Mum and son flee as fire takes over home
Lucky escape as 35 firefighters called to blaze
The Uxbridge Gazette Series A MOTHER and son had a ‘lucky escape’ after a fire broke out in Uxbridge on Monday.
It took six fire engines and 35 firefighters to tackle the blaze, which saw large volumes of smoke billowing from the roof of a semi-detached house.
Most of the first floor and loft were damaged at the house on Haig Road.
One onlooker near the scene of the fire recalled hearing three bangs before an “explosion”.
He said: “The first was a little bang, and then they got louder.”
Another concerned neighbour said: “A lady was in there with her son. They both came running out, she was downstairs and he was upstairs. They’re so lucky really.”
London Fire Brigade was called to the fire shortly after 3.15pm and were joined at the scene by The Richmond Fire Command Unit, police and paramedics.
Catherine Reeve, station manager of Hounslow Fire and Rescue, was on the scene and confirmed the pair had evacuated the building before fire crews arrived.
She said: “We were able to stop the fire from spreading to next door due to the quick actions and decision-making when we arrived at the fire.”
Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform, from Wembley, to fight the blaze.
Crews then stayed to enter the property, and ‘cut away and damp down’ to ensure the inside of the house was cool and the fire could no longer spread.
The fire was fully under control just before 6pm.
The area around the house, including several neighbours’ houses, was cordoned off by police tape.
One neighbour was waiting at the tape before she could go near her own house next to the semidetached property.
The two people who fled the building were reported to have no injuries.
Fire engines from Hillingdon, Hayes, Heathrow, Southall and Northolt fire stations were at the scene.
The exact cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.
n INFERNO: A mother and her son had a lucky escape from their home after a fire broke out which was contained by crews from six engines