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Stowmarket couple praise firefighters for halting spread of blaze in roof




A fire which broke out on Saturday left a Stowmarket couple’s home badly damaged.

Ten appliances were called to the scene to battle the fire, which is thought to have started in the loft of the two-storey home in Beech Terrace, off Bury Road in the town.

UK Power Networks also attended and it is believed an electrical fault could have caused the blaze.

Denver Buckle with his partner Suzi in the spare room of the house which suffered the most damage from the fire. Picture by Laura Nolan.
Denver Buckle with his partner Suzi in the spare room of the house which suffered the most damage from the fire. Picture by Laura Nolan.

Firefighters from Ipswich, Saxmundham, Debenham, Needham Market, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell and Ixworth attended the incident after they were called at 4.30pm on Saturday.

They fought to contain the fire to roof space and stop it spreading to the rest of the property.

Firefighters smashed the roof tiles on the right side of the house to allow them to extinguish the flames.

It took around two hours to get the fire under control, with the teams being led by Paul Finch, Stowmarket watch commander.

The fire badly damaged half of the house, in particular a spare bedroom, with most of the right side of the roof destroyed and smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the property.

No-one was hurt in the blaze and the ambulance service did not attend the scene.

Denver Buckle, who lives in the house with partner Suzi Kent, said he was about to take a shower when he noticed smoke outside and raised the alarm. Ms Kent was out running errands when the fire broke out.

“I have nothing but praise for the fire service, they were
very professional and communicated with us, they asked about the power. They worked brilliantly together,” said Mr Buckle.

“These things happen. It is just smoke damage – at least it hasn’t burnt down. Although we had just decorated this room.”

Mr Buckle added: “The insurance people have been magnificent, they have really been great.”

He urged people to check they have the right insurance cover on their homes.

He has lived in the house for more than 40 years and previously lived in the property next door.

Mr Buckle added: “We are staying with friends, they have been wonderful. We have had so many offers. My mother also has the bedroom I lived in as a teenager – it is a bit of a backwards step in your life.”



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