House fire - Great Shelford - South Cambs

Two crews from Cambridge were called to a house fire in Granta Terrace, Great Shelford.

The homeowners were not in the property and the neighbour called the fire service when they heard the smoke alarm sounding.

Smoke was issuing from the property when firefighters arrived and there was heavy smoke logging across the two-floored property.

A fire was discovered in the hallway and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and a jet to extinguish the fire. Positive pressure ventilation fans were used to clear smoke. Fire damage was contained to the hallway and a grandfather clock, and smoke damage was caused extensively throughout.

Crews returned to their stations by 4.55pm

The cause of the fire was accidental, by electrical equipment.

Station Commander Stuart Smith said: “The resident of this property had two working smoke alarms – one on each floor – and they did their job by alerting someone to the fire, resulting in a quick attendance by the fire service.

“Working smoke alarms in this situation have considerably reduced the damage caused by the fire as fire crews were alerted early and were able to stop the fire spreading. This is a timely reminder for residents to test their smoke alarms and make sure they have one on each floor of their home.”