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Fire alarm saves family

PUBLISHED: 11:12 29 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

THREE people were saved by their smoke alarm today when fire ripped through a Suffolk house.

A severe blaze broke out at 7am in a house in Prior's Hill Road, Aldeburgh, severely damaging the first floor and completely destroying one bedroom.

THREE people were saved by their smoke alarm today when fire ripped through a Suffolk house.

A severe blaze broke out at 7am in a house in Prior's Hill Road, Aldeburgh, severely damaging the first floor and completely destroying one bedroom.

The blaze saw a huge fire service operation swing into action with crews from across East Suffolk attending.

A total of more than 50 firefighters attended from Aldeburgh, Leiston, Saxmundham, Orford, and Ipswich.

A total of 14 firefighters used breathing apparatus while they were fighting the blaze. They did so on a rotational basis as the conditions were so extreme.

The man in charge of the operation, Assistant Division Officer Karl Rolfe, said: "Luckily we had no casualties in this blaze and it is important to stress this was because of the fire alarm.

"The cause is under investigation but it is believed to be an electric blanket.

"The crews did an excellent job, managing to get around the house and tackle the fire from both sides.

"It was very punishing for the first crews involved who were exposed to a lot of heat."

Two crews were remaining on the scene to monitor the property until lunchtime.

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