Woman and two children rescued from blaze at house in Stowmarket

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Firefighters rescued a woman and two children from a blaze at a house in Stowmarket this morning.

Crews from Stowmarket, Elmswell and Needham Market were called to the serious fire in the ground floor kitchen of the property, in Eagle Close, at 8.30am.

Using a ladder, they rescued a woman and two children from a first floor window.

The were taken into the care of the ambulance service.

The crews used four sets of breathing apparatus and two hose reels to extinguish the blaze.

A thermal imaging camera was used to assess the whole house and neighbouring properties to ensure the fire had not spread.

The incident was under control by 9.40am.

On the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Facebook page, area commander Ian Bowell said: “Fire control staff did a brilliant job by talking to those rescued before the crews arrived.

“I would just like to say thank you to control staff and firefighters who have this morning saved three lives.

“The cause of the fire is being investigated.”

A spokesman for the fire service said that the property’s smoke detector was working and raised the alarm.

He encouraged residents across the county to check their smoke alarms to make sure they are working.