GAYWOOD: Firefighters tackle house blaze - SEE PICS
Fire investigators are trying to establish the cause of the blaze which caused severe fire and smoke damage to a semi-detached house in Gaywood on Friday evening.
Forty-five firefighters in seven fire appliances from across Norfolk were sent to the fire at Elvington on the Springwood Estate shortly after 7pm that night after neighbours saw smoke coming from the building and dialled 999.
Incident commander Simon Mason, a station manager from Lynn, said initially it was not clear if the occupant, a single woman, was in the house but it was quickly established that she was at work in the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a concerned neighbour contacted her by phone.
As well as the seven appliances, four special fire units, including the aerial ladder platform, were sent to the scene and they found the building ablaze and with smoke pouring from a first floor bedroom.
The fire chief said the fire had spread into the roof space so firefighters in breathing apparatus went into the house to bring it under control while others evacuated the occupants of the adjoining semi-detached house in case it spread through the loft space.
The owner returned home while the firefighters were tackling the incident and was worried about her guinea pigs in the house, but fortunately they were safely rescued.
Station manager Mason said it was important that people checked their smoke alarms weekly as one in the house had not been sounding.
Neighbours reported hearing a loud bang as a rear first floor bedroom window blew out during the early stages of the incident.
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