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Terraced homes saved from fire damage

PUBLISHED: 11:45 13 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

BRAVE neighbours crawled inside a burning terraced house in Ipswich as it came dangerously close to engulfing nearby properties.

Three people from Surrey Road went into the house after they spotted flames coming from the first floor window of a nearby property.

BRAVE neighbours crawled inside a burning terraced house in Ipswich as it came dangerously close to engulfing nearby properties.

Three people from Surrey Road went into the house after they spotted flames coming from the first floor window of a nearby property.

Other neighbours in the area described how they saw the glass exploding from the window frames with the intensity of the blaze.

One of the men, who did not want to be named, described how he tried to beat his way through the smoke-logged landing, after he had called the fire brigade, because they thought that the person living there could be trapped.

Luckily nobody was inside at the time as the three men were beaten back by the intensity of the fire which started at around 7pm yesterday.

The man said: "We tried to get up the stairs to the front bedroom where the fire was.

"It was just black with the smoke so we tried to go along the side but we did not have a torch.

"Then water started pouring down the stairs so we got out."

It is believed that the occupant of the house stayed elsewhere over night and he is thought to have had two dogs and a kitten in the building.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

The neighbour said: "We think he had two dogs and one of them came running out as we got through the front door. I don't know about the other dog and the kitten."

Three fire crews were called to the scene and were there within minutes, minimising the severity of the fire.

Sub Officer Tony Bickers said last night: "It could have been far worse.

"The house is one of about 50 terraced houses and it could have spread to more houses on the road."

He said that there was severe damage to the ceiling, floor and walls and extensive smoke and heat damage to the whole first floor because the inside doors were open.

Sub Officer Bickers added: "There were no smoke detectors in the premises, which can give an earlier indication of fire.

"Detectors pick up a fire as it is just forming and can be the difference between life and death."

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