Elderly woman dies in Hemsby house fire
- Credit: Anthony Caroll
A elderly woman has died in a blaze which raged at a property in Hemsby yesterday.
Emergency services, including police, fire and ambulance were called to Ormesby Glebe, off Fakes Road, in Hemsby at around 7.20pm yesterday (Sunday, March 4, 2018).
A cordon was put in place and a number of nearby properties evacuated as a matter of precaution.
The road was still closed this morning.
It is too soon to confirm what started the fire, which appears to be under control.
You may also want to watch:
However, there is an ongoing investigation by Fire and Rescue Service to determine the cause.
Crews from Martham, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Acle were called to the blaze.
- 1 Moment delivery driver walks through shop window
- 2 What can't open in Norfolk on May 17 - and why
- 3 Two Norfolk destinations named among most scenic in UK
- 4 Five rare birds that have been spotted in Norfolk
- 5 Martin Lewis: How to get your hands on £280 if you worked from home
- 6 Man kicked and punched in head by group of attackers
- 7 Giles Orpen-Smellie elected as police and crime commissioner
- 8 Hotel owner on directing The Only Way is Essex stars in Norfolk
- 9 Village pub's burgers are a hit for our reviewer as eating out returns
- 10 Dinomania tour heading to Norfolk with giant dinosaurs that move
A spokesman in the fire service control room said firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were on scene.
People living near to the blaze have been urged to keep their windows and doors closed.
A 55-year-old man who lives near to the blaze scene, but who did not want to be named, said: 'I heard a noise and I went to the front door and saw it. There was a crackling and there was a bang.'
Karlie Grey, 31, who lives nearby, was at home with her husband and young daughter when she heard crackling and banging from across the road.
She said: 'I thought it was somebody having a bonfire, when I looked out we saw flames and smoke.'
Another neighbour, 91, who did not want to be named added he had known the woman who lived at the home, and her daughter would often pick her up and visit her.
He said it was 'horrible news' that she had died. He said it took firefighters around 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control, but they remained on the scene for up to three hours.
Keith Kyriacou, chairman of Hemsby Parish Council, said: 'I'm absolutely gutted, it's another bit of devastating news for Hemsby. My condolences are with the family and the council will help in any way we can.'
Tributes have also been paid on the Great Yarmouth Mercury Facebook page.
Andrea Fox said: 'Sad god bless that old lady our thoughts are with the family.'
Tracey Buckland said: 'RIP to the person who passed away my thoughts are with the family.'
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: 'We are dealing with a building fire near to Fakes Road. Due to the amount of smoke and fumes keep windows and doors closed.'
Police are also on scene and have urged people to follow the fire service's advice.