Ipswich: Man rescued from house after blaze engulfs kitchen

A family is today counting the cost of a blaze which tore through their kitchen and left a man suffering from smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were called to the incident in Gordon Road, Ipswich, at 11.35am yesterday.

When they arrived at the scene they discovered that a man was trapped inside.

Wearing breathing apparatus, firefighters entered the home and led him to safety.

Jim Golder, the fire service’s watch manager, said: “One person had already managed to vacate the property. However a young man – who works shifts and was asleep at the time – was still inside.


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“Our crews rescued him and tackled the fire, however the kitchen was severely damaged and there was substantial smoke damage.”

Paramedics treated him for smoke inhalation at the scene.

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The man’s mum told the Star that she was pleased that her son, who had been woken by a fire alarm, had not been injured.

Councillor Colin Spence, the county Council’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “This incident shows just how important it is to have properly fitted and maintained smoke alarms in every home in Suffolk.”

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