New home is engulfed in flames

PUBLISHED: 07:17 25 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:08 31 May 2010

Pic: NEWPORT FIRE STATION

Pic: NEWPORT FIRE STATION

TEN fire engines and 50 firefighters attended a detached house in Rickling Green that became completely engulfed in fire last week. Nobody was harmed in the blaze, which razed a six-bedroom property that was under construction on Brixton Lane. Andrew Monk

TEN fire engines and 50 firefighters attended a detached house in Rickling Green that became completely engulfed in fire last week.

Nobody was harmed in the blaze, which razed a six-bedroom property that was under construction on Brixton Lane.

Andrew Monk, Stansted Fire Station sub-officer, said: "The fire started at about 6.20pm and was reported to us by a passing dog-walker.

"It was a period-style property that included a lot of wood and about half an hour after we arrived the roof collapsed.

"It was a very, very intense fire and the ferocity of the flames ripped through the building in no time. The speed of it was phenomenal.

"We would never have committed any men to go inside as it was clear that the roof was going to come down - roof collapse has become a bit of a worry to firefighters due to modern construction methods."

Neil Byford, Newport's chief fire officer, said: "The whole downstairs was well alight when we arrived, and the whole building then exploded in fire.

"The fact that there were no windows on the house and the strong winds combined to make the fire spread very quickly.

"The house is a complete write-off - all that's left are the chimney stacks."

Fire crews remained at the scene until about 11pm. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze.

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