Ipswich: Teen suffers hand injuries in bedroom blaze

THREE fire crews have battled a bedroom blaze which left a 19-year-old man with burns to his hands and feet.

Initially one crew was sent to the fire in Willowcroft Road, Ipswich, shortly after 9.10am.

However on arrival, two more appliances were requested to attend due to the high level of smoke coming from the property.

A fire was found in a rear bedroom of the two storey terrace house, with a 19-year-old man suffering hand and feet burns. He had also suffered smoke inhalation.

The blaze was tackled by crews wearing four breathing apparatus and using two hose real sets.

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The fire was put out by 9.49am, but crews remain at the scene to inspect the loft for further hot spots.

Ian Mallett, station manager, urged Suffolk residents to check their smoke alarms, after it alerted the injured man of the fire.

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“It is so important that people regularly test their smoke alarms as often as possible,” he said.

“It is proven by incidents like this, when residents are alerted to a fire only through a smoke alarm.”

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service said that did not take anyone to hospital.

Police were called to the scene to investigate the cause of the blaze alongside fire officers.

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