One person killed in house fire at Ditchingham on Norfolk Suffolk border

Fire fighters at the house fire on Loddon Road at Ditchingham, led by Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold

Fire fighters at the house fire on Loddon Road at Ditchingham, led by Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold (white helmet). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

One person has died in a house fire at a property in Ditchingham, on the Suffolk/Norfolk border near Bungay.

The house fire (white building) on Loddon Road at Ditchingham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The house fire (white building) on Loddon Road at Ditchingham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The blaze happened at a two-storey home in Ditchingham, on the Suffolk/Norfolk border near Bungay.

Emergency services were called to Loddon Road, in Ditchingham, at 9pm to reports that a fire had broken out.

Four fire pumps, police and ambulance were sent to the scene.

Speaking last night, a police spokesman said: “Officers were called to an address on Loddon Road by the fire service at around 9.15pm after reports of a fire at a residential property.


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“Sadly one person within the premises has died.”

Loddon Road was closed to traffic and a cordon was put in place around the property.

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The spokesman added: “Police are working with fire investigators to determine the cause of the fire.”

Norfolk’s chief fire officer Roy Harrold said: “This was a serious fire in a semi-detached house.

“The alarm was raised by a neighbour who tried to get into the property, but was driven back by smoke.

“The rest of the house is smoke-damaged.”

Mr Harrold said that at its peak the blaze was knee-high and created billows of smoke because the walls of the building – believed to be about 100-years-old – contained reeds, which caused smouldering.

The neighbouring cottage was evacuated over fears the fire might spread. The occupants were expected to return to their home late last night.

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