Two Cats Die In Godmanchester House Fire

4 February 2015, 10:21 | Updated: 4 February 2015, 10:41

At 8.57pm on Tuesday (3rd Feb) firecrews were called to a bungalow fire in Comben Drive, Godmanchester.

Crews from Huntingdon, Gamlingay, Papworth, Sawtry and Ramsey attended.

A severe fire had taken hold of a bungalow, which contained large quantities of combustible materials.

Eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels, jets and hydrants to extinguish the fire, which was under control by 10.40pm.

A man was taken to hospital with burns to his legs and suffering smoke inhalation.

Two cats died in the fire.

Station Commander Kevin Napier, officer in charge of the incident, said: "Firefighters were met with a severe fire in a bungalow.  Multiple crews of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus worked extremely hard to contain the fire and stop it spreading to a neighbouring bungalow.

"It was very difficult for crews to gain access initially to the main seat of the fire owing to large amounts of combustible materials, including paper and waste materials, blocking entrances and exits to the property.

"This incident highlights how important it is for residents to ensure they maintain easy and clear access routes throughout their property. Storing large amounts of combustible materials like paper can obstruct escape routes and result in a fire spreading much quicker than normal. This increases the risk of severe damage to your property, and in the worst case, a loss of life.

"If you know someone who stores lots of materials or who may struggle to get out of their house in an emergency, please contact us as we can provide free advice and support to help keep residents safe. Call us on 0800 917 9994."

The incident was scaled down at 2am, leaving one fire engine on the scene dampening down materials until this morning.  

A fire investigation is underway to determine the cause.