Bungalow - Newton - Fenland

Two crews from Wisbech and a crew from Long Sutton, in Lincs, were called to a house fire in Colvile Road, Newton.

A fire had broken out involving a terraced bungalow.

Eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels, jets and hydrants to extinguish the fire by 11.15pm.

The occupant of the affected property was out of the bungalow when the fire service arrived and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

A male casualty from the adjacent bungalow had difficultly in leaving his home. A member of the public feared the fire would spread and, before the fire service arrived, went in to the neighbouring bungalow and rescued the man. Both were taken to hospital by ambulance to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Crews returned to their stations by 12.35am.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Station Commander Ady Slack, incident commander, said: "It is believed the fire started in the main living room of the property where the occupant was asleep. He woke up when the fire was already well established and was very lucky to get out of the property.

"Thankfully, concerned neighbours called 999 to alert the fire service of the smoke, enabling our crews to arrive and prevent the fire from spreading to any of the adjacent bungalows.

"The bungalow in which the fire started has been 100 per cent affected by fire, which also has caused damage to the roof." 

Update: Following a fire invesitgation othe cause of the fire was determined as accidental.