A “distraught” family was forced to flee their home in the middle of the night after 20ft high flames ripped through their terraced house.
The parents pulled their two young sons out of their beds to safety after a fire broke out in the attic of the property on Corriander Close, Bispham, just before midnight on Saturday. Firefighters, who were faced with high winds which pushed 20ft high flames towards neighbouring properties, today praised the quick-thinking actions of the family, whose home has been almost left completely destroyed.
He got his family out then went back inside to try and put the fire out, but he also ended up evacuating
Michael Treece-Birch, watch manager at Bispham fire station, said it took two hours to bring the blaze under control.
He said: “The father heard a bang upstairs and when he went up he noticed some flames flickering in the loft.
“He got his family out then went back inside to try and put the fire out, but he also ended up evacuating.
“He did the right thing by getting his family out first.”
Neighbours today said the family, who were not injured in the blaze and are now understood to be staying with a relative, had been left “shocked” by seeing their home go up in flames.
Michael Bolton, 33, who lives in one of the adjacent terraced properties, heard a crackling noise from outside and found his garden full of smoke.
He said: “I heard the crackling; I thought someone was having a bonfire. I opened the back door and got a face full of smoke.
“Everyone on our side got out of their homes as the firefighters were worried the fire was going to spread.
“The flames were high, they were coming out of the roof.
“The family was distraught. It’s lucky no-one was hurt.”
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “One of the sons was at a sleepover but the other two boys were in bed when the father heard a popping noise.
“They got them all out and came to our house.
“The flames were high and there was a lot of smoke.
“It was a big shock for the family. The eldest boy was really brave but there was a lot going on for the little one, it must have been frightening.
“The fire brigade was fantastic though.”
Two fire crews from Bispham and Blackpool fire stations were initially called to the scene at 11.20pm, with an aerial ladder platform and two more crews from Fleetwood later sent out.
Watch manager Treece-Birch added: “On initial attendance we were faced with a fully developed fire in the attic with limited resources.
“The attic was well alight with 20ft flames issuing from the roof of the property and high winds were forcing the flames onto the adjacent five properties.
“Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went inside but had to withdraw due to the fire forcing its way from the attic to the first floor.
“The priority was to prevent fire spread to surrounding properties which we did successfully using a combination of positive pressure ventilation and external water jets.
“The fire damage is 100 per cent to the house.”
At 5am yesterday, firefighters declared the premises an unsafe structure and had the perimeter fenced off by Blackpool Council.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue Team attended later on yesterday morning to assess the stability of the premises and declared it safe.
A fire investigation is currently being carried out to determine the cause of the blaze but it is thought it could be due to an electrical fault.
It has already been established smoke alarms had been installed in the premises and had activated.