Man taken to hospital after house fire in Harleston
- Credit: Simon Marjoram
An elderly man was taken to hospital after fire crews tackled a blaze which devastated a town centre home.
Five fire crews from Harleston, Diss, Long Stratton, Bungay and Earlham arrived at the property in London Road, Harleston after receiving a call at 7.30am on Thursday, February 9.
Flames could be seen coming from the roof of the two-storey building, with thick black smoke billowing into the air.
No-one had to be rescued from the building but emergency services closed an area of the street as 22 firefighters tackled the blaze.
Members of the public and residents were asked to stand away from the cordoned off area for their own safety.
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Firefighters, unable to get into the property, initially had to fight the flames using ladders.
They also used breathing apparatus, hosereel jets and main jets supplemented with water from a hydrant to extinguish the fire.
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Station manager Dereck Sim described the fire as 'fairly severe', saying: 'The fire had gone through the roof, devastating the top floor of the house.'
The resident of the property, a man believed to be in his 60s, was taken to the Norfolk and Norfolk University Hospital as a precautionary measure, to be treated for smoke inhalation.
He is reported to be in a stable condition.
Members of the public supplied fire crews with hot drinks while they were at the scene of the fire.
One witness commented on the 'brilliant' work the fire service does and how different crews come together 'to work across borders'.
After checking the building for hot spots and dampening down the fire, the last crew left London Road at 1.30pm. In total, fire crews spent over five hours at the scene of the fire.
Neighbouring properties were not extensively affected by the property, although they have suffered water damage.
The fire investigations team was called to the scene to find out how and where the fire started.
Due to the old age of the property, the fire service's building control team will also visit the site to assess the building.
London Road was closed for health and safety reasons.