UPDATED: Norwich flat fire

A block of flats was saved from going up in flames by firefighters in the early hours of the morning.

Firefighters were called to a flat fire in Portway Square, near Dereham Road, Norwich at about 4.30am today (Monday).

The fire had broken out in a bin cupboard next to the flat, just feet away from gas mains.

Everyone in the flat managed to get out safely. Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used hoses to extinguish the flames.

Gemma Kane, 30, who lives in Portway Square, said: 'I heard the water from the hoses more than anything and then I saw the flashing blue lights.

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'We weren't evacuated, we just stood outside the door. It could've been a lot worse - the whole block of flats could've gone up in flames.'

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