Woman left homeless after two Stansted house fires break out within hours of each other

Fires broke out at two Stansted homes this morning

Fires broke out at two Stansted homes this morning - Credit: Archant

Two house fires broke out in the space of a few hours of each other – one leaving a woman homeless.

Both blazes occurred in Stansted Mountfitchet in the early hours of this morning (Friday).

Firefighters from Newport, Stansted and Bishops Stortford, were first called to a property in Gilbey Crescent, just after 3.30am.

The crews discovered that 10 per cent of a mid terraced property was alight and the whole of the building was heavily smoke logged.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a thermal image camera to assist in the search of the property to ensure no-one was inside.

They needed two hose reels to tackle the flames and a covering jet to protect nearby properties.

A woman was left homeless following the fire and a neighbour suffered smoke inhalation but did not need hospital treatment.

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Police said it appeared entry had been forced to the property.

Just before 7.30am crews were then alerted to a blaze in a boarded up flat in Normans Way.

On arrival they reported that the first floor of the house, measuring 20m x 10m, was on fire.

Wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reels, crews had extinguished the fire before 8am.

They used a covering jet to protect surrounding properties.

It was thought the house may be occupied, but after a search, firefighters said everyone had been accounted for.

A joint Police and Fire Service investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of both fires.