go

People evacuated after major fire destroys Thatcham home

Three people escape unhurt but pet cat killed in blaze

Dan Cooper

Reporter:

Dan Cooper

Contact:

01635 886632

fire engine_newbury

FIREFIGHTERS spent two hours tackling a major house fire in Thatcham last night (Fri) in which three people had to be evacuated from the property.

A pet cat died in the blaze, which broke out at the house in Marsh Road at around 10pm.

The fire was thought to have started when a candle which was left unattended in an upstairs bedroom set alight to curtains.

Bob Mitchell, watch manager at Newbury Fire Station, said that the house had been "gutted" by the fire, adding that the house was was now "unhabitable".

He confirmed that three people escaped unhurt and were staying with friends, but that a pet cat died as a result of the fire.

Two fire crews from Newbury attended the scene and used hose reels to eventually extinguish the blaze.

Mr Mitchell warned people about the dangers of leaving candles unattended, advising people to be careful with holders, check fire alarms and not to put candles near anything which could set alight. 

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Newbury Weekly News

Characters left: 1000

News

Newbury cabbie to turn detective on new TV show
News

Newbury cabbie to turn detective on new TV show

Firm operator to become Armchair Detective for the BBC

 
Box clever and give big softie Rocky a champion home
News

Box clever and give big softie Rocky a champion home

Champion boxer Rocky is appealing for a knock-out home

 
News

Hermitage development is on hold as plan is rejected

1comment

 
News

'Amazing' support for charity Christmas fair

 
News

Newbury explosions 'could have been catastrophic'

3comments