Five fire crews tackling house blaze near A47
Sarah Hussain and Daniel Moxon
- Credit: Danielle Booden
Fire crews are fighting a blaze which has completely destroyed the roof of a bungalow in west Norfolk.
A 999 call came in at 10.16am on Thursday reporting the fire at a home in Meadow Close, Narborough.
Crews from King's Lynn, Downham Market, Methwold, Dereham and Swaffham were called, along with a drone unit.
They arrived on the scene at 10.30am and have been fighting the blaze since.
Police and fire crews remain at the scene, and Meadow Close is sealed off while they go about their work.
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Sophie-Leigh Adams, a witness at the scene and a friend of the person who lives in the bungalow, said the occupant and her dog managed to escape.
She said: "There was a fire in the gardens and it spread up and onto her roof. She's got nothing left. The whole roof is gone –there's none of it left whatsoever.
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"She got out okay with her dog, but she has nothing left. She's lost everything.
"Two other bungalows have been damaged a bit but nothing like hers."
What Norfolk Fire and Rescue said
Dean Lacey, station manager at King’s Lynn, said it three connected bungalows have been affected by the fire.
He said: "Two people were extricated by fire service. We’re currently dampening down at the moment but we’re in the closing phases.
"One bungalow has been severely damaged. It’s really unfortunate but crews reacted really fast and stopped something potentially dangerous from happening.
"We utilised appliances all over the county and worked really hard to get a quick stop and stop it spreading to other properties."
He added the cause of the fire is not yet known and the fire service will be investigating.
At the scene: Sarah Hussain
Most fire crews have now left the scene, though police officers are still blocking off Meadow Close and forensics have now turned up.
Residents said the smoke was so bad earlier they could not see down the road.
Nine appliances were called out in total, while an aerial ladder platform and a drone have also been used.
Breckland councillor Peter Wilkinson said most of the homes in Meadow Close are owned and maintained by Flagship Housing, including the one which is badly damaged.
A couple who live next door have also been affected, and are waiting to see how much damage has been done to their home.
Mr Wilkinson said: "I’m glad no one was hurt. It’s uninhabitable, it hasn’t been too long since they put new roofs on.
"I saw the smoke as I live by a bungalow not far from here. I saw plumes of smoke at around 10.15am. The fire was raging at 10.40am.
"You don’t want to see that. When I went past and looked this morning there were people looking on and little kids crying.
"It’s the biggest incident we have had in the village for many years.
"I’m just relieved that the fire brigade was on hand very quickly and there were no fatalities and injuries, and I’m really pleased Flagship have got in and got her a house.
"They have got a whole team to move out the possessions of the lady."
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