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5 July 2010, 10:59 | Updated: 5 July 2010, 11:12
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to a house fire at Eastcot Close in Holbury yesrterday morning (5 July 2010).
Control operators mobilised one fire appliance and the Landrover pump from Hardley, one fire appliance from Hythe, one fire appliance from Beaulieu, one fire appliance from Totton and the multi-role vehicle from Eastleigh Fire Station.
Crews were swiftly at the scene of the fire which is believed to have started in the bedroom of the semi-detached property measuring 9m x 6m. The roof and first floor were severely damaged by fire and the ground floor was 25% damaged by smoke and water. Firefighters tackled the blaze using 2 jets, 3 hose reels and 14 breathing apparatus.
Station Manager Tom Jones said: “Fortunately, the dwelling had working smoke alarms fitted. Consequently, when the smoke alarms went off in the early hours of the morning the occupants of other properties in the close were alerted to the incident and contacted the fire service. The sounding alarm also ensured that the neighbouring family had time to evacuate and get out of their property safely. Once again this highlights the importance of every home having working smoke alarms.” He continued: “The firefighters did an absolutely fantastic job in stopping the fire from spreading to the adjoining property. They worked in extremely difficult conditions to contain the fire and ensure that the house next door was saved”
The occupant of the property who was suffering the effects of smoke inhalation was handed over to the care of South Central Ambulance Service personnel and taken to hospital.
Crews continue to dampen down at the scene and a full fire investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire.