House fire - Wisbech - Fenland

Three crews from Wisbech, West Walton (Norfolk) and March attended a fire in a bedroom of a semi-detached house, in Lime Avenue, Wisbech. All occupants – two adults and four children – had managed to escape from the house.

 Two adults suffered smoke inhalation and minor injuries and were taken to hospital. A young child was also taken to a specialist burns hospital with serious injuries.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose real and one jet to extinguish the fire. The cause is being investigated.

Station Commander Dave Lynch who attended the scene said: “The fire was well developed in a front bedroom when crews arrived. Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire quickly but the fire destroyed everything in the bedroom and had burnt through the ceiling and floor. There was also significant smoke damage to the rest of the upstairs.

“Although we cannot confirm a cause for the fire yet as the joint fire and police investigation is still continuing, we do not believe the smoke alarms in the house were working. I would encourage everyone to check their own smoke alarms today. Smoke detectors will not prevent a fire from happening but will give you an early warning to a fire so that you can get yourself and your family out safely. We recommend you have a detector on each level of your home and advise you test them once a week.”

See our home safety page for information about smoke alarms.

Please see link to information released by the police here.

Update Friday March 18:

A full investigation between police and fire officers has now been completed. 

The cause of the fire was of a non-suspicious nature. 

No further information will be released.