Update: Elderly woman rescued from house fire in Kessingland

The scene of the house fire in Kipling Close, Kessingland.

The scene of the house fire in Kipling Close, Kessingland. - Credit: Nick Butcher

An elderly woman was rescued from her home after a house fire in Kessingland.

Firefighters from Lowestoft South and Wrentham were called to Kipling Close, Kessingland at 10.54pm last night (Sunday, December 21) after receiving details of a house fire with a person trapped inside.

It is understood there was a fire at the same property in November last year.

Ambulance crews also attended the scene, and a spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said they were called out at 10.55pm following reports of a fire in Kipling Close.

'An ambulance crew, two rapid response vehicles, and an ambulance officer attended the scene,' the spokesman said.


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'They treated an elderly woman for smoke inhalation, who was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston for further treatment.'

A fire service spokesman said it was believed the woman, who was trapped, had made the call to the fire brigade and had been rescued through the window after being trapped in the bedroom.

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Neighbour Rosamund Flynn, 78 witnessed the incident.

She said she was woken by the sound of banging but went back to sleep believing the noise was caused by the high winds.

Mrs Flynn, who has lived in Kipling Close with her husband Peter for 20 years, was woken again when firefighters arrived on the scene.

She said: 'All of a sudden the was much activity. They had a job getting her out. They did get her out through the back bedroom window. She was on the ground and they were giving her oxygen. I didn't stay and watch all of it. It went on for quite a while.'

She said that she didn't know the elderly occupant of the house as she kept to herself.

She added that there had been a fire at the same house in November last year.

Crews rescued the woman from the property by 11.16pm, using four breathing apparatus and two hose reels to extinguish the blaze. The incident was under control by 11.36pm.

A police spokesman said there was no indication the incident was suspicious.

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