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Bury: Flat fire in Derwent Road forces mother and child to flee

20:57 01 April 2014

Fire services were called to a house fire on Derwent Road in Bury St Edmunds.

Fire services were called to a house fire on Derwent Road in Bury St Edmunds.

Sarah Lucy brown

A mother and her child were forced to flee from their home in Bury St Edmunds tonight after a fire broke out at a house.

Two fire crews from Bury St Edmunds were called to the blaze in Derwent Road at 6pm which devastated much of the property.

The fire began in the bedroom and was quickly spreading before fire crews arrived and brought it under control by 6.34pm using two hose reels, a covering jet and breathing apparatus.

A neighbour said the flames were so powerful it resembled an explosion.

Watch Commander Mark Walker from Bury Fire Station said: “We were called at 6pm to a house fire here in Derwent Road and on arrival there was a serious fire in the bedroom, two appliances from Bury attended, we used four breathing apparatus and two hose reels to put the fire out.

“One room was badly affected by the fire and the rest of the house obviously is very badly smoke and water damaged.”

Fortunately the mother and child had left the house before fire crews arrived.

A neighbour of the property said she had been watching TV when she noticed fire engines racing past her house and called her son to see what was going on before stepping outside and witnessing the blaze. She said the flames were “very quick”.

Another neighbour said: “My mum called me and said our neighbour’s house is on fire and I thought it was very small but then when I came out there was so much smoke and it was coming out of the front windows like loads, and we went up to our garden and there were loads coming out of the back as well so we were thinking it was coming from the kitchen.

“It was going really, really quickly, at some points it was gushing out really, really fast.”

She added: “She only just moved in, bless her, and for something like that to happen.”

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