Daughter runs back into burning Horsford home against mother’s will to rescue pet parrots
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A mother and daughter had to flee their home after a fire spread from a tumble dryer into the roof of their property.
Fire crews from across Norfolk were called to the scene on Oak Grove in Horsford at around 12.20pm today.
Wearing breathing apparatus, and assisted by an aerial ladder platform, they used hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze.
The 49-year-old owner of the property described how she escaped with her daughter, who is aged 20.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, she said: 'It was the tumble dryer. I put it on and then smelled a bit of smoke.
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'I went to have a look and there were flames coming out of it. I turned off the electricity and called the fire brigade.'
The owner said she grabbed her three dogs and her daughter before running out of the house.
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She added 'My daughter went back into the house, against my will, to get her parrots.
'Everything was a blur.'
Crews from Sprowston, Earlham, Carrow and Hethersett attended the scene.
Once the fire was extinguished, a thermal imaging camera was used to check for any remaining hotspots.
At around 3.30pm a relief crew was brought in as UK Power Networks arrived to check the property's power supply.
Speaking from the scene, a spokesman for the fire service said an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the fire.
He said the blaze started in the utility room, adding: 'The fire was confined to the roof and it was stopped from spreading to the main property.'
He said the roof was badly damaged on the rear side of the house.
It was the second major house fire in Norfolk in two days.
On Sunday night, a thatched property caught fire in Pilson Green in South Walsham.
Earlier that day, crews also attended several small fires at homes around Norwich.
Three people were rescued from a home in Lincoln Street, off Unthank Road, after crews were called at 3.49am.
A fire service spokesman described it as a 'minor fire in a terraced house',
There was also a kitchen fire in West Pottergate shortly after 6pm, which was attended to by three fire crews.