Major damage in blaze at Baconsthorpe

Fire crews were called out to help battle a blaze in the roof of a bungalow near Holt.

Fire crews were called out to help battle a blaze in the roof of a bungalow near Holt.

The fire in the roof space of a semi-detached bungalow in School Lane, Baconsthorpe, near Holt, started just before 6am on Tuesday morning and started to spread to the roof of the bungalow next door.

The blaze took more than an hour to put out and crews from Holt, Sheringham and two from Cromer were at the scene, as well as an aerial ladder platform and a support pump.

Crews were also called back just before 11am to dampen down hot spots within the roof.

Andrew Luke, one of the fire crew from Holt, said there was extensive damage to the roof of one of the bungalows and some damage to the bungalow next door, but no one had been hurt.

Both of the bungalows are owned by affordable housing provider, Victory Housing Trust.

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A spokesman for Norfolk County Council's fire and rescue service, said the fire is not believed to be suspicious, with the most likely cause an electrical fault, caused by vermin chewing through cables in the roof.

Victory chief executive John Archibald said: 'Our priority in these circumstances is people not property. The resident of the first bungalow with the roof damage is away at the moment, but they have been told what has happened. When they return we will find alternative accommodation for them, and the person in the second bungalow has also been found temporary accommodation.'

Crews were also called out to tackle a third floor flat in Church Street, Cromer on Tuesday .

The kitchen fire happened shortly after 3.10am and was extinguished by 4am.