UPDATE: Family escapes blaze at their home in Fairfield Park

Garage fire on Bronte Avenue in Stotfold

Garage fire on Bronte Avenue in Stotfold - Credit: Archant

A FAMILY escaped a blaze at their home this morning (Wednesday), which later caused their garage to collapse.

Garage fire on Bronte Avenue in Stotfold

Garage fire on Bronte Avenue in Stotfold - Credit: Archant

Fire crews were called to Bronte Avenue, Fairfield Park, at 6.25am where a double garage and two vehicles were alight.

Crews from Baldock and Biggleswade attended the scene, with the fire out just over an hour later.

Speaking about the fire which hit his house, Richard Clarke said: “Just gone 6am this morning my seven-year-old daughter Leah came in and said that the garage was on fire. But just before this I had been woken up by a big bang. When I went and checked the garage was well alight.”

Mr Clarke got his wife Natalie and daughter out of the house and went out to rescue his dogs kennelled at the back of the garage.


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He said: “By this time the kitchen was full of smoke. Although the garage is not attached it is only about 10 yards away. It has now totally collapsed, damaging my neighbour’s as it is a double garage.

“Both my van and my neighbour’s vehicle caught alight and we were worried that they were going to explode.

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“My daughter’s just had her seventh birthday and she had a new bike inside the garage so we have had to replace this.”

Mr Clarke said the support from the neighbours had been amazing.

“Everyone was really kind. But you think this is the thing that happens to other people, not you.”

A fire service spokesman said: “At this time the cause of the blaze is not believed to be suspicious.”

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