Woman and three children in hospital after major house fire
PUBLISHED: 08:56 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:00 06 June 2019
Four people - including three children - have been taken to hospital following a huge fire in Ipswich which has seriously damaged a house.
The emergency services were initially called shortly after 3am today to a semi-detached house in Radcliffe Drive in the Chantry area of Ipswich.
Five pumps attended the scene, three from Ipswich East and two from Princes Street, and a specialist aerial ladder was used to reach the roof of the house.
Four people who were inside the house at the time, a woman and three children, managed to get out but were treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation at the scene before being taken to hospital.
The fire has seriously damaged the ground floor, the first floor and the loft space of the property.
Firefighters remain on scene removing roof tiles and dampening down the house to make sure it is safe.
Station Commander Carolyn Crabb said: "We attended a fully developed house fire early this morning. We had four casualties who had self evacuated before the attending crews arrived and they have now been conveyed to hospital.
"At this stage the building was fully involved and so is very seriously damaged.
"We have had four appliances here and a aerial platform and we are now going to stay here until we are sure that the fire is out and then there will be a fire investigation taking place.
"We believe that the residents had a smoke alarm and while we haven't confirmed this, it could have helped alert them to the fire."
Workers from Cadent Gas company are also at the scene and will be conducting a safety check once the property is safe.
Radcliffe Drive is closed while the fire service remain at the scene.
Stay with us for updates on this developing news story as we receive more information from the emergency services.