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Extent of damage caused in Norwich house fire revealed

PUBLISHED: 14:20 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:52 05 March 2018

Scene of the fire damaged home on Ipswich Road, Norwich.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Scene of the fire damaged home on Ipswich Road, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Firefighters have now left the scene of a fire which ripped through the roof of a Norwich home.

Fire ripped through the roof of a home in Ipswich Road, Norwich. Pic: Dan GrimmerFire ripped through the roof of a home in Ipswich Road, Norwich. Pic: Dan Grimmer

Firefighters were at the scene of the blaze in Ipswich Road since just after 7.15pm last night. One crew was this morning still there, keeping a watching brief amid concerns over the structure of the building. They left at just after 9am.

The extent of the blaze is visible, with the sides of the property blackened and gaping holes in the roof of the home. An outbuilding next to the property has been gutted by fire.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service received “a number of 999 calls” after fire broke out in outbuildings and the roof of the home, close to the junction with Locksley Road in Tuckswood.

At its height, about 45 to 50 firefighters were involved in the operation with 10 appliances sent to the scene, including crews from Sprowston, Earlham, Carrow, Wroxham, Long Stratton, Wymondham, Hethersett.

The aerial ladder platform was in use, spraying the roof and side of the home and firefighters were wearing breathing apparatus.

Scene of the fire damaged home on Ipswich Road, Norwich.
Picture: Nick ButcherScene of the fire damaged home on Ipswich Road, Norwich. Picture: Nick Butcher

Smoke could be seen billowing from the scene of the fire, with a number of people evacuated from their homes.

Group manager Richard Smith, from the fire service, said: “We attended a fire in some outbuildings and the roof of one of the properties and have evacuated a row of properties while we extinguish the fire.

“When crews first got there the flames were quite significant - probably about 10 to 15 feet in height and lots of smoke logging but they did really well to bring it under control.”

Mr Smith said there had been someone in the property which caught fire but that they were out safely and in the care of neighbours.

Fire ripped through the roof of a home in Ipswich Road, Norwich. Pic: Dan GrimmerFire ripped through the roof of a home in Ipswich Road, Norwich. Pic: Dan Grimmer

He said no-one was hurt in the fire. The fire service urged people living nearby to keep their windows closed.

Mr Smith said an investigation into what started the blaze will now take place.

Police closed Ipswich Road at the junctions with Hall Road and Daniels Road while firefighters tackled the blaze. The road is now re-open.

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