Investigation launched after firemen rescue man from roof after Colchester house fire


An investigation will be held into the cause of a blaze at a Colchester home.

Around 20 firefighters were sent to the blaze at a semi-detached home in Harsnett Road yesterday evening at 8.33pm.

The property was alight on the first floor and in the roof space.

Firefighters rescued one man from the roof of the house, and he and another a woman were treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

Station Officer Stuart Hare, incident commander, said: “When the crews arrived at the scene the fire was well developed in the roof of the semi-detached property and a man that was in the house had managed to get himself out onto the roof to escape the fire.

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“Two firefighters from Colchester fire station brought the man to safety via a ladder at the rear of the house from the roof.

“The crews did an excellent job rescuing the man and preventing the fire from destroying the house next door.”

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Crews wearing breathing apparatus from Colchester, Wivenhoe and Coggeshall, as well as an aerial ladder platform and Clacton’s incident command unit used two hose reel jets and one main jet to extinguish the fire by 10.56pm.

A joint police and fire service investigation will be held into the cause of the fire.

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