Woman escaped from Collier Row house fire

PUBLISHED: 09:37 05 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 August 2013

The fire damaged property in Fry Close

The fire damaged property in Fry Close


An elderly woman escaped from a burning house in Collier Row without injury on Saturday.

The semi-detached house, in Fry Close, was alight when firefighters arrived just before 11pm.

They said the woman and her neighbours escaped without injury, but the woman was treated for shock by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital.

Temporary watch manager for Romford fire station, Cliff Hunter, said: “The flames were coming from the roof when we arrived. They were about 15ft from the top of the house.

“Everyone got out of the properties safely before the firefighters got there. Yesterday we found the remains of a smoke alarm still beeping.

“We believe this alerted the woman to the fire and if it was not working who knows what would have happened.”

A spokesman from London Fire and Rescue Service said the house was “extensively damaged” and 80 per cent of the ground floor was damaged; 75 pc of the first floor, and 100 pc of the roof.

About 30 pc of the roof of the house next door was also damaged.

Crews from Romford, Hainault, Ilford and Dagenham attended and spent three hours extinguishing the fire. They made the property secure yesterday.

London Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire will be under investigation.

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