Wrentham: Woman and teen suffer burns in explosion

A BRAVE neighbour helped rescue two women from a burning building after a suspected explosion at a Suffolk home.

Emergency services remain at the scene of the blaze in Chapel Road, Wrentham.

Initial reports suggested that two people and two dogs were in the home in Chapel Road, Wrentham.

Just after 7.40am there was a report of an explosion at the home and one person reported seeing flames in the air.

A police spokeswoman said: “A female neighbour assisted in getting a 50-year-old woman and a younger girl in her late teens out of the property.”

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The road has been closed in both directions and initial calls suggested that residents within the home had suffered severe burns.

One woman has been flown to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital by air ambulance and the other, a teenager, was taken to the hospital by land ambulance. They are believed to be related. The woman has suffered severe burns to her face, chest and arms and the girl has burns to be arms and chest. Both dogs have also suffered burns.

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A spokeswoman for the Air Ambulance said: “We took the 50-year-old woman to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where her injuries were assesses.

“We then flew her to the Broomfield Hospital, the specialist burns unit in Chelmsford.”

A spokesperson for the fire service said that two crews had initially been called to the scene but due to the high amount of repeat calls, they sent additional crews. In total seven fire crews, police officers – including scenes of crime officers and detectives – are all at the scene.

One two-storey semi-detached home is heavily involved in flames and the blaze has spread to another neighbouring property. Both homes are well alight.

One of the properties has been suffered 50 per cent and the fire has spread to the roof.

The spokesperson said that a structural engineer had been called to the scene of the explosion, as both buildings are unsafe.

The surrounding area is being evacuated.

Transco and UK Power Networks have been informed of the incident and are being requested to attend the scene.

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