Thursday, 19 June 2014

Trafalgar Fire

A couple whose house was on fire in Trafalgar Avenue had a lucky escape when two gentlemen cutting the grass across the road ran across to knock on their door to tell them. The couple told the blog they were not even aware the house was on fire which started just before midday, although there are reports that neighbours had smelt something burning as early as 10am. One of the owners had been enjoying a bite in the conservatory when they heard the knock on the front door. The fire was so hot they couldn't even get to the front of the house and managed to escape down the side of the house so luckily no one was hurt.

The fire service arrived very quickly after and the road was closed off while they put out the fire within 40 minutes. The front of the property has been damaged and the cover of a utility truck which was parked in the driveway was melted as well as the side of their neighbour's car. The fire also did a little damaged to the next door property.

The gentlemen who had alerted them were working for Burleys who have a contract with the council cutting grass. Dean and Darren (pictured 3rd and 4th here) were the ones who went and knocked on the door at considerable risk to themselves.
Dean told the blog:
"Having just arrived back at the truck after a round of cutting at roughly 11.50 Darren noticed that a fire had started at at the top end of trafalgar avenue so Darren and I ran over to the house and began knocking and banging on the front door. Darren then went and knocked on the neighbour's door. At this point the people from house affected came to the door unaware that there house was now on fire. We managed to get the two people and there dog out of the house and help remove the two cars from the front garden and it was at this point at which the police and fire brigade arrived. Luckily everyone was okay; just damage to the house and two cars."
Dean also took a couple of the pictures here including the one shown at the top as well as getting some video footage of the fire before the fire engine arrived, which is shown below (many thanks for allowing me to use it):