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'Plumes of smoke going up into the sky': 40 firefighters tackle house fire in west Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 10:48 30 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:04 30 March 2019

Firefighters tackle a blaze at a house in Snettisham. Picture: Chris Bishop

Firefighters tackle a blaze at a house in Snettisham. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Ten fire crews were called to battle a house fire in west Norfolk.

Firefighters tackle a blaze at a house in Snettisham. Picture: Chris BishopFirefighters tackle a blaze at a house in Snettisham. Picture: Chris Bishop

Fire appliances from Heacham, Hunstanton, Massingham, Terrington, King’s Lynn and Fakenham were called to the burning building in Longview Close, Snettisham at 8.25am on Saturday.

Neighbours are believed to have helped one occupant, an elderly man, out of the property.

Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform, hose reel jets, mains jets and breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze.

A reporter at the scene said the roof of the two-storey, semi-detached house appeared to have fallen in and there was also some damage to the neighbouring property.

Firefighters tackle a blaze at a house in Snettisham. Picture: Chris BishopFirefighters tackle a blaze at a house in Snettisham. Picture: Chris Bishop

Philip Wakefield, 56, who lives opposite the house, said he was out in his yard when he heard the property’s fire alarm going off.

“I looked over and there were plumes of smoke going up into the sky,” he said.

Mr Wakefield, a self-employed handyman, set up a stand outside his property from which he has been serving biscuits and cups of tea and coffee to the firefighters. He estimates he has served at least 30 hot drinks.

“They are working so hard, bless them. They are doing a wonderful job and have come from all parts of the county, from Terrington St John, Fakenham and King’s Lynn,” he said.

Firefighters tackle a blaze at a house in Snettisham. Picture: Chris BishopFirefighters tackle a blaze at a house in Snettisham. Picture: Chris Bishop

Police officers also attended the scene, but a spokesman for Norfolk Police said there are no reports of anyone trapped in the building as the occupants were believed to have been out when the fire started.

Lynn Road will be closed at the junction with Church Road while firefighters tackle the blaze.

Lynx Buses tweeted to say that its 34, 35 and 36 services are currently being diverted via Strickland Avenue due to the road closure so cannot serve The Grapes in Snettisham.

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