Couple flee house blaze

THE owners of a Victorian house escaped a fire after a passer-by alerted them to the blaze.

Firefighters were called to The Street in Stoke by Clare at around 11.30pm on Saturday, after flames and smoke were seen coming from the house.

Two crews, including one from Clare, initially attended the scene but, as concerned residents continued to call the emergency services with the fire threatening to spread to the roof, a further two engines were sent to the house.

The fire was eventually brought under control and a salvage operation was launched to try to save remaining items in the house.

A spokesman for the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said a couple and their dogs had been in the house at the time of the fire but had managed to escape after a passer-by knocked on the window and alerted them to the danger.

“The homeowners were very lucky someone was going past at the time,” he said.

“We received a number of calls about the incident and were able to respond appropriately.”

Fire crews remained on the scene until 5.30am on Sunday.

Initial investigations into the cause of the fire suggest an electrical fault may have been to blame.