King’s Lynn house fire on Raby Avenue

Published:
5:58 PM February 23, 2022



Update:
6:30 PM February 23, 2022

Neighbors fear a young family has lost everything after a fire engulfs their home.

West Norfolk and Fens firefighters were called after the fire broke out at a terraced house on Raby Avenue in King’s Lynn.

The alert was given Wednesday after 1:30 p.m. Fire crews from King’s Lynn, Massingham, Heacham, Downham Market, Sandringham, Wisbech and March were still at the scene more than three hours later.


Emergency services at the scene of the fire on Raby Avenue, King’s Lynn
– Credit: Chris Bishop

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to look through the collapsed roof of the property after the flames were extinguished by firefighters using water jets and breathing apparatus.

Neighbors said they heard a loud bang around 1:30 p.m. Tiah Richardson, who lives on the same terrace a stone’s throw away, said: “It literally exploded, it just exploded.

“We ran out and the whole street was full of smoke, the fire department arrived within minutes.”


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Firefighters use a thermal camera to verify that the fire has been extinguished
– Credit: Chris Bishop

Miss Richardson, 22, said the house was inhabited by a young woman, her partner and young children.

“I feel bad for her,” she said. “They lost everything, it’s devastating.”


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The end terrace property was ravaged by fire
– Credit: Chris Bishop

The family was not on the property when the fire broke out and no one was injured.

“It’s scary,” another neighbor said. “If she had been there with the kids, it might have been a totally different story.”

The fire caused the roof to collapse, ripping open the top floor of the two-storey property.


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Firefighters at the scene of the Raby Avenue fire in King’s Lynn
– Credit: Chris Bishop

Firefighters stopped the spread of the fire along the terrace, but smoke entered neighboring houses through the attic.

Raby Avenue, near Columbia Way in North Lynn, was cordoned off by police for more than three hours as firefighters tackled the incident.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.


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Firefighters use an aerial ladder to inspect fire damaged property
– Credit: Chris Bishop

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