Fire casualty thanks people for all their help after house blaze in Kessingland

The scene of the house fire in Kipling Close, Kessingland.

The scene of the house fire in Kipling Close, Kessingland. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A woman rescued from a blaze at her home in Kessingland, near Lowestoft, has praised everyone involved for rallying round to boost her recovery.

Barbara Rose, 55, was trapped in her bedroom and had to be rescued from her bungalow in Kipling Close by firefighters from Lowestoft South and Wrentham.

The swift actions of the fire crews were praised following the blaze at about 10.50pm on Sunday, December 21, as firefighters rescued Mrs Rose through her bedroom window.

She was taken to James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston for treatment for smoke inhalation, and now she has expressed her gratitude to the 'wonderful' people who had rallied round and been 'so kind' in aiding her recovery.

Now out of hospital and recovering in temporary accommodation, ahead of returning to her own home at the end of this month, Mrs Rose said: 'I would like to thank everyone involved. A great big thank you goes to all the firefighters, paramedics, hospital staff, police and my neighbours for comforting me as the firemen got me out. Praise is not enough for these people – they were all so wonderful.'


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Mrs Rose, who lives on her own at her home and uses a mobility scooter, said she is now 'a lot better' after suffering smoke inhalation and subsequent carbon monoxide poisoning. Recalling the dramatic events, she said: 'I did not know what to do, and I did not think I would get out.'

After being taken to the James Paget for treatment, she spent more than a week in hospital. Having lived in Kessingland for four years, she is 'looking forward' to returning to her home soon.

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