Mum and son flee as fire takes over home

Lucky es­cape as 35 fire­fight­ers called to blaze

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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