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Firefighters battled through flames to rescue teenage girl in Fakenham house fire

HOUSE FIRE, FAKENHAM                                             
 
The house fire was at the bottom end of Litchfield Street which runs off Queens Road, Fakenham.   Both ends of Litchfield Street were blocked by the police.   The bottom end of the street ends in an alleyway.  This alleyway may well be called Church Lane.

HOUSE FIRE, FAKENHAM The house fire was at the bottom end of Litchfield Street which runs off Queens Road, Fakenham. Both ends of Litchfield Street were blocked by the police. The bottom end of the street ends in an alleyway. This alleyway may well be called Church Lane.

Firefighters battled through flames at a Fakenham home to rescue a teenage girl.

The girl has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being saved by firefighters from a blaze at a home in Church Lanes earlier today (Tuesday, January 21).

The youngster was trapped in an upstairs compartment by the flames, which were put out within seconds as officers climbed the stairs.

Investigators are now looking into the cause of the fire but police say it is not believed to suspicious.

One of the firefighters leading the incident was station manager Phil Berry, who is based at Dereham with the Urban Search And Rescue team.

He said: “Our hopes and wishes are with the girl and we wish her a speedy recovery.

“The crews worked well together. The initial information from the caller that a young person was unable to escape was valuable as the crews were able to plan en-route. Their actions when they got there were very prompt as they were able to plan and knew what they were going to.

“Within a very short space of time, the individual was recovered from the building and placed in the hands of the ambulance service.”

Paramedics anaesthetised the girl at the scene and her condition was believed to be life threatening on arrival at hospital.

Sean McAuley, an EEAST manager who attended the scene, said: “The fire and rescue service had rescued a teenage girl who had been trapped for some time in a heavily smoke filled environment.

“We treated and stabilised the patient before taking her to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for continuation of treatment for injuries sustained during the fire.”

Firefighters from Fakenham, Wells, Massingham and Holt were called to the blaze.

The mid-terraced house has been severely damaged by the flames and smoke.

A police cordon has blocked off Litchfield Street for most of the afternoon.

A force spokesman said: “Inquires are on going with the fire service, police and electricity company, we do not believe the fire to be suspicious.”

 

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