Fire ravages Watton bungalow for second time in two months

The scene of the fire in Thetford Road, Watton. The scene of the fire in Thetford Road, Watton.

Friday, August 29, 2014
3:18 PM

Firefighters spent six hours fighting a blaze at a bungalow less than two months after another fire ravaged the home.

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The scene of the fire in Thetford Road, Watton.The scene of the fire in Thetford Road, Watton.

Norfolk Fire Service were called to the scene just before midnight on Wednesday and had to use breathing apparatus to help tackle the fire at the property in Thetford Road, Watton.

At one point 35 firefighters were tackling the blaze, which is thought to have started in the roof of the property.

The woman who owns the chalet bungalow had been staying in a caravan in the back garden since the previous fire and escaped injury.

Yesterday officers investigated possible causes of the blaze.

The scene of the fire in Thetford Road, Watton.The scene of the fire in Thetford Road, Watton.

Derek Sim, Norfolk Fire Service’s station manager at Thetford, said: “It is too early to say what the cause was.

“From what we can tell the fire started in the roof and then spread to other parts of the building.

“It got going quickly and when we arrived it was fairly well developed and not safe to send anyone in. We had to use breathing apparatus and fight the fire from outside the property.

“There were flames coming out of the roof and smoke had travelled inside the roof cavity.

“It was very difficult to try to keep everybody safe. We were not sure about the structural integrity of the building.”

While the cause of the latest fire has not been established it is thought that the first fire, on July 5, could have been related to an open fire in the home.

Mr Sim added that he wished to remind people to check their smoke alarms, particularly with winter coming when open fires and electrical heaters are more likely to be used.

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