Couple tell of garage blaze drama

A CAPEL St Mary couple today praised firefighters after a garage blaze forced them and their three children to flee the family home.

Colin Adwent

A CAPEL St Mary couple today praised firefighters after a garage blaze forced them and their three children to flee the family home.

Mark Allum was sitting in his conservatory in The Pightle at 9.15am yesterday when he noticed smoke coming from the garage adjoining his house.

His wife Lisa said: “Mark went to have a look and I followed. We saw what we thought was a small fire on the floor. I was shaking at first, but instinct took over to get the fire out.

“I just shoved water on it and Mark came round with the hosepipe and tried to put it out. There was smoke billowing out everywhere and Mark said call the fire brigade.”

The Allums then got their three children, two girls and a boy - aged nine, seven and one - out of the house to wait for firefighters from Princes Street station in Ipswich to arrive.

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The couple also ensured an elderly neighbour was out of her house in case the fire spread.

Mr Allum, a carpenter, said: “The fire brigade were brilliant. They arrived very quickly and were very professional - everything you would want them to be.”

Mrs Allum also thanked neighbours for their help and support in the aftermath of the fire, which left Mr Allum's W registration Vauxhall Astra van completely smoke-logged.

However, the couple were relieved the damage was not too severe.

Mrs Allum said: “It's belongings at the end of the day. The kids are safe and the house is standing. That's what really matters.”

The cause of the fire is unknown, although it is believed materials - possibly wood - inside the garage somehow caught alight.