Dev­as­tat­ing house fire started in bin

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blaze Horrors - By Vicky Cas­tle

A dev­as­tat­ing blaze in a fam­ily home was prob­a­bly caused by a dis­carded cig­a­rette thrown in a wheelie bin in front of the garage.

Fire crews rushed to Wood Lane, in Park Farm in the early hours of last Thurs­day to tackle a huge house fire.

Luck­ily the fam­ily in­side man­aged to es­cape and a woman in her 60s was checked by paramedics at the scene.

Teams spent about two-anda-half hours tack­ling the blaze in the two-storey mid-ter­raced house, which had also spread to the neigh­bour’s home.

Crews wear­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus used hose reel jets and main jets to bring the fire un­der con­trol and a fog spike to con­tain the fire in the roof.

Crew man­ager Andy Har­ris said: “We be­lieve it started in the scrap that was put into a wheelie bin in front of the garage.

“They went back in­doors af­ter tak­ing out the rub­bish but the cig­a­rette end was not put out prop­erly and the heat went up though the eaves of the house.

“They had dormer win­dows so it went up into those as well, spread right through and took the roof off.

“Every­one got out okay. Some­one no­ticed the fire be­fore their smoke alarms went off so they all got out safely.

“Most of the dam­age was ex­ter­nal, but the roof had come off and there was cer­tainly a lot of dam­age.

“We just want to re­mind peo­ple how im­por­tant it is to make sure dis­carded cig­a­rettes are ex­tin­guished prop­erly.”

The ex­act cause of the fire is not yet known.

The Bri­tish Red Cross Vic­tim Sup­port Unit were also called to help with re­hous­ing the af­fected fam­ily.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

Fire­fight­ers at the house in Wood Lane

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

Fire­fight­ers in­spect­ing the roof af­ter the blaze

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