Firefighters tackle two house fires in Norfolk

A man has been left homeless after his caravan was set alight. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

A man has been left homeless after his caravan was set alight. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

Firefighters have tackled two house fires in the west of the county.

A blaze broke out in the bathroom of a home in Pentney just before 11.45pm last night.

Crews from King's Lynn North and King's Lynn South went to fight the fire in Church Close.

Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters went into the home to put out the fire, with the occupants already out of the property before emergency services arrived.

Fire crews used thermal imaging cameras to check if the fire had spread and were finished at the scene at 12.15am.

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The ambulance service also went and one person was checked for smoke inhalation.

And in the early hours of this morning, firefighters were called to tackle a fire in Wiggenhall St Mary.

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Crews from Kings Lynn South and Kings Lynn North, plus a crew from Terrington went to a house fire in Common Road at just past 1.40am.

People were initially reported to be in the property, but they were out before the crews arrived.

Firefighters used a hose reel jet to put out the flames and then used a thermal imagining camera to check for hot spots and were away from the scene by shortly at 2am.

Yesterday, fire safety officers made a 'call to action' following the death of Andrew Dunthorne in a house fire in Mile Cross this week.There were no smoke alarms at the Penn Grove home of the 73-year-old, where he was found dead on Thursday.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical fault, possibly from an electric blanket.

Garry Collins, head of prevention and protection at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, urged people to contact the service to get free safety checks and to have a plan for what to do in the event of a fire.

He said: 'The mitigating factors to help ourselves and everyone in the household is having a fitted, working smoke alarm, a maintenance system that will test that alarm, and knowing what to do when that alarm actuates.

'The right thing to do is have an escape plan where everyone gets out and stays out.

'Do not go back in for pets, clothing, valuables, wallets or mobile phones.

'People are not replaceable but are the most valuable asset in the property.

'For me this is a call to action - if you know anyone who is vulnerable, come to us and we can provide a free fire safety check.

'It is a tragic consequence that fire is devastating and does not discriminate.

'If it is left unchecked it will destroy everything in your home, including the people in it.

'An accidental dwelling fire can happen to anyone at any time. The important bit is we prepare.'

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