'Shut your doors' - Fire service warning after blaze rips through bungalow

Closing the doors of houses can help to stop the spread of fires, as in this Hunstanton bungalow.

Closing the doors of houses can help to stop the spread of fires. - Credit: Norfolk Fire and Rescue

Homeowners are being warned to sleep with their doors shut after doing so gave people in a west Norfolk home valuable time to escape a blaze.

The fire happened at a bungalow in Princess Drive, Hunstanton, on October 11 at around 1pm.

The Hunstanton bungalow in Princess Drive's doors were closed which helped to slow the spread of fire.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue are asking people to close their doors at night to help delay the spread of fires. - Credit: Norfolk Fire and Rescue

Appliances from Heacham, King's Lynn and Hunstanton attended the scene and crews used hose reels and main jets to extinguish the fire.

Fire crews found the doors were closed and the smoke alarm went off, giving everyone in the home time to get out safely.

In a tweet, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service released photos of the charred bungalow alongside a plea to close doors at night.

The Hunstanton bungalow in Princess Drive's doors were closed which helped to slow the spread of fire.

The Hunstanton bungalow's doors were closed which helped to slow the spread of fire. - Credit: Norfolk Fire and Rescue

It said: "Keeping doors closed provides vital time to escape and reduces damage. Shutting internal doors in your home at bedtime is a good idea. 

"In this bungalow fire, the doors were closed and the smoke alarm went off, so everyone got out safely."

The Hunstanton bungalow in Princess Drive's doors were closed which helped to slow the spread of fire.

The Hunstanton bungalow's doors were closed which helped to slow the spread of fire. - Credit: Norfolk Fire and Rescue


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