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Mother and two children flee from blaze

PUBLISHED: 10:26 05 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

A MOTHER and her two children are safe today after a fire ravaged the lounge of their Ipswich home.

Neighbours adjacent to the Stanley Avenue property described how flames burst through the windows of the house but the mother managed to get her two young children out without suffering injury.

A MOTHER and her two children are safe today after a fire ravaged the lounge of their Ipswich home.

Neighbours adjacent to the Stanley Avenue property described how flames burst through the windows of the house but the mother managed to get her two young children out without suffering injury.

Charred remains of toys and clothes were left in the front garden of the home, a chilling reminder of the devastating blaze.

The mother, who is 20, and has children believed to be aged three and 18-months, declined to comment about the blaze at the rented property.

It is believed to have started from an open fire catching light to something in the chimney and then spread quickly through the lounge.

Nearby residents also praised fire crews who were quick on the scene to battle the blaze.

Two crews, one from Colchester Road headquarters and one from Princes Street, were called at 6.20pm on Saturday >. They recorded a stop time just before 7pm.

A spokesman for the fire service said that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

One neighbour, who did not wish to have her name printed, said: "She (the mother) did the right thing, she came straight out with the two children.

"It was very traumatic, the smoke was awful and the flames were everywhere, it was like it was a gas explosion.

"It was a shock for us all, it's been an awful evening."

Two crews also attended a shed fire at Parnell Road just hours after the Stanley Avenue incident.

Fire broke out at about 10.15pm and spread to a second shed in an adjoining garden, it also damaged an outside toilet.

Both sheds were completely destroyed in the blaze, as were the contents.

Brian Ely, 53, who lives at the house in Parnell Road, said: "I wasn't here at the time but I got a call from my son and came straight back home.

"I don't know how it started but it had destroyed everything in the shed."

A spokesman for the fire service said the cause of the blaze was not known.

A crew from Princes Street also attended a fire at Elliot Street, when a bonfire became out of control and set light to a fence.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze that occurred at about 10.30am yesterday >.

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