5.30pm update: ‘Too early’ to determine cause of Trunch fire where two dogs died

The scene at Wades Way, Trunch. Picture: DLB The scene at Wades Way, Trunch. Picture: DLB

Thursday, October 3, 2013
5:24 PM

A couple have been left devastated today after two of their pet dogs died during a kitchen blaze which broke out in their north Norfolk home.

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A group of residents watched on in disbelief as twenty-two firefighters tackled the fire which began in a detached bungalow at Wade’s Way, in the usually quiet village of Trunch.

And in just minutes the fire had spread to next door’s bungalow causing extensive damage to both homes.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service group manager and incident commander on scene, Richard Dromey, said both garages had been “gutted” and the back of both properties had been affected.

Neither couple were in their homes during the time of the fire, which began at around 1.30pm this afternoon, but unfortunately four dogs were inside the burning building.

Separated into two different rooms, it is believed that two of the dogs died from smoke inhalation, while the other two - who were in a different part of the house - were rescued by firefighters.

The two surviving dogs, believed to be Irish Setter show dogs, have now been treated by vets and are thought to be doing well.

Five appliances from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service attended to the fire, including crews from North Walsham, Mundesley, Aylsham and two from Cromer, and spent more than an hour fighting the blaze.

The crews wore breathing apparatus and used main and hose reel jets and hydrants to put it out.

A fire investigation officer inspected the properties this afternoon to determine the cause of the fire but a spokesman from Norfolk County Council said it is “too early” to say what caused it and that it is believed to have “started in the kitchen”.

A crew from Norfolk Constabulary and The East of England Ambulance Service Trust also attended.

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