UPDATE: Family ‘lucky to get out alive’ from house fire

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A family was ‘lucky to get out alive’ from a house fire in Tilney St Lawrence during the early hours of this morning (Friday, January 21).

Two men in their 20s jumped out of a window at the burning home in Westfields to grab a ladder to help their father and brother out.

Firefighters were called out to the home at 2.50am after the father was reported to have smelt smoke.

An investigation has now been launched into the blaze.

One of the Lynn station managers Bob Ayres said this was a severe fire.

He said: “The four occupants were very lucky to get out alive. Two jumped out of a window and then assisted with a ladder to get the father and son out.”

The fire was concentrated on the ground floor lobby area near the kitchen.

Four appliances, including crews from Lynn and Terrington St Clement, tackled the blaze. It produced a large volume of smoke which made it difficult for crews to search through.

Mr Ayres said: “It is important to have working smoke detectors. They had a detector on the ground floor but it was not situated in the best place. If it had been situated in the right place then I am confident they would have had that early warning which would enable them to escape by traditional methods rather than jumping out of the window.”

A short time ago, an East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said two people had been taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

Their condition was not thought to be life-threatening.