Primary school accepting donations to help Wisbech fire family

A one-year-old child has suffered serious injuries following a house fire in Wisbech this morning.

A one-year-old child has suffered serious injuries following a house fire in Wisbech this morning. - Credit: Archant

Orchards Primary School is today accepting donations of toys and clothes for a family who had their home significantly damaged by a fire which left a baby needing treatment at a specialist burns hospital.

The local community has rallied to help the family get back on their feet after the blaze ripped through the upstairs of the home in Lime Avenue on Saturday morning.

The parents and their one-year-old baby were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. The one-year-old was later transferred by air ambulance for specialist burns treatment at Broomfields Hospital, in Chelmsford, in Essex.

Another three children were in the house at the time of the fire, but they did not sustain any injuries

Very shortly after reports of the fire emerged, a social media appeal was launched by Orchards Primary School which the family's other children attend.

A post on the school's Facebook page read: 'You may have heard one of our families had a house fire last night. They lost everything that was upstairs.'

It continued: 'The boys are seven, four and two and in the first instance we will be collecting clothes and toys for them.'

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A day later the post had been shared almost 400 times across the social media platform, with the message potentially reaching thousands of people.

Fire investigators are working to establish a cause of the blaze, which started at around 8.30am.

Three crews of firefighters from Cambridgeshire and Norfolk were called to the scene and spent most of the day damping down the area and making sure there were no other hotspots.

Orchards Primary School in Cherry Road is open from 8.30am today to accept donations.

Are you trying to help a local family in need? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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