Homeowner admits that ‘everything is gone’
The 65-year-old owner of the home, who did not want to be named, spoke of his shock after the fire.
He said: “I was in the shower at the time and I smelled smoke.
“I rushed out and saw the electrical board was on fire and sparking.
“It all happened that fast. “My granddaughter was upstairs in the bedroom and I shouted for her to get out. The smoke was so thick, though, and it had spread all over the house. She wasn’t able to get down the stairs.
“The widow cleaner – who I’d just paid moments before I jumped in the shower – must have still had his ladders up and helped her out the window. I’m just so glad everyone is all right.”
He added that he had lost everything in the fire and he and his wife would be staying with family for the foreseeable future.
“I don’t have anything left,” he said. “My wife was at work when it happened. When she came back she couldn’t believe it, she was crying. Everything is gone. I’ve had to borrow clothes as everything I own has been burnt.
“I have to say all the neighbours have been brilliant. They’ve been a huge help.”