Monday, 9 December 2013

Four Homes damaged in Fire

A fire at a house in Ardrossan Gardens destroyed part of the roof and caused damage to three other homes yesterday.
The fire started in the roof of the end of terrace home in Ardrossan Gardens which backs onto the railway line in the Epsom and Ewell sector of Worcester Park. Firefighters were called to the blaze just after 1pm yesterday (Sunday 8th December) with eight in breathing apparatus and 5 fire engines tackling the fire.

The gentleman who’s home it was has been cleaning up the mess, removing the pieces of charred roof etcetera with the help of some friends.

One of the gentlemen helping to clean up the mess told the blog that the fire brigade too ‘ages’ to get there. He said the thick smoke was at first pouring out of this property but as the smoke pushed its way through the roofs, it was soon also pouring out of the house at the other end of the terrace, four houses away.

The house next door was partially damaged by smoke and heat while the other two were affected by smoke damage.

5 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

guest D said...

I do hope no one was hurt.

As I know you are a stickler for correct spelling, the OED insist it should be roofs.

Guest said...

I saw the engines stuck at the bottom of Ardrossan Gardens due to parallel parked cars. Maybe this is why it took so long

Worcester Park Blogger said...

I had been quite certain it was 'rooves'. According to this Oxford Dictionaries (admittedly not the actual OED) defintion:, "The most usual plural of roof is roofs, although rooves is sometimes used."
My compulsion for this spelling might have been due to my growing up in Australia where I was taught it was 'rooves':

However I defer to the great OED and have changed the spelling in accordance therewith.

guest D said...

I understand it is like proof / proofs, that there can be confusion with the 3rd person singular of the verb, roove is an alternate spelling for rove. That's is what made me notice it, as I read it with that proununciation.

Guest with empathy said...

Guest (OE) D, I am amazed and really rather repulsed that anyone can read this article, see the pictures of the destruction and reflect on fellow residents being forced out of their homes, just in time for before Christmas. And then, focus on, of all things, a misspelling!
We aren't talking about 3rd person singular of the verb, we're talking about REAL FAMILIES OF THE COMMUNITY! Try looking up the word 'empathy' in your book.

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