House blaze in Byfield (July 5th)

Fire crews from across the county tackled a house blaze in Byfield yesterday (July 5) that affected a row of properties in the village.

Image of house affected by fire with fire crew
Photo thanks to @sailingbikeruk

Crews were called to Jubilee Close at 3.17pm and on arrival the two pumps from Daventry, and a further appliance from Long Buckby, found a mid-terrace two-storey property well alight and with the flames starting to spread to neighbouring properties. A further appliance from Moulton was also called to the scene.

Firefighters used eight breathing apparatus, three hose reel jets, a Cobra lance, a 45ml jet, a triple extension ladder and small tools to douse the flames, and used thermal imaging cameras to monitor hotspots. The fire was put out at 6.05pm, after which damping down took place.

The house in which the fire originated saw the roof space completely destroyed by fire, while all four properties involved in the incident suffered smoke and water damage.

One person, a man believed to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital after sustaining burns and inhaling smoke. The occupiers of the homes were rehoused overnight.

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage and remains under investigation, with further inspections of the site due to take place today.

Scott Hirons, the station manager at Daventry, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the crews for their hard work, but also say a particular thanks to the residents of Byfield who were nearby. They were incredibly supportive and understanding during the emergency phase of the incident, which helped us to take quick decisive actions.”

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