Fareham firefighters tackle bungalow blaze

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A FIRE has ripped through a bungalow in Gudge Heath Lane in Fareham.

A passer-by called the emergency services just after 12.30pm today when they saw flames coming from the roof of the bungalow.

BLAZE Firefighters at the property in Gudge Heath Lane in Fareham

BLAZE Firefighters at the property in Gudge Heath Lane in Fareham

The passer-by made the occupiers - a woman and her adult son - aware and they escaped from the property unhurt.

Four fire engines - from Fareham, Portchester, Wickham and Hightown - and an ambulance were called to the scene, which is in between Oak Road and Sunlight Gardens.

The occupiers are now receiving treatment from paramedics and the victim support unit from the fire service.

Group manager Alan Murray, from Southsea, was at the scene.

He said: ‘There were smoke detectors in the property and they went off. Along with the quick action from a passer-by, this meant the lady and her son escaped unhurt.

‘We have used 10 breathing apparatus to deal with the fire in the roof space and to deal with any hot spots to stop the fire starting again.

‘The 25 firefighters worked hard to stop the spread of the fire.

‘There’s a lot of damage in the roof space and there is water damage below.

‘We are unaware of the cause and will be investigating.’

The fire started in the roof and took around 30 minutes to get under control. Firefighters were working on making the building secure until 2.30pm.

Police are diverting traffic while the fire is being dealt with.