Hero runs in to burning bungalow on Colvile Road, Newton, Wisbech, to save elderly man - three people taken to hospital

15:17 12 February 2016

Fire destroys house at Colville Road, Newton

Fire destroys house at Colville Road, Newton

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A terraced bungalow on Colvile Road, Newton, was destroyed by fire last night, leaving three people hospitalised.

The occupant of the affected property was out of the bungalow when the fire service arrived and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

However, a male casualty from the adjacent bungalow had difficultly in leaving his home.

A member of the public feared the fire would spread and, before the fire service arrived, went in to the neighbouring bungalow and rescued the man.

Both were taken to hospital by ambulance to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Fire destroys house at Colville Road, NewtonFire destroys house at Colville Road, Newton

Crews from Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire’s Fire and Rescue Services were called to the blaze just after 9.30pm, as well as the East of England Ambulance Service. The services worked alongside each other at the scene.

Eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels, jets and hydrants to extinguish the fire by 11.15pm.

Ady Slack, incident commander, said: “It is believed the fire started in the main living room of the property where the occupant was asleep.

“He woke up when the fire was already well established and was very lucky to get out of the property.

“Thankfully, concerned neighbours called 999 to alert the fire service of the smoke, enabling our crews to arrive and prevent the fire from spreading to any of the adjacent bungalows.

“The bungalow in which the fire started has been 100 per cent affected by fire, which also has caused damage to the roof.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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