Luton family escape from fierce house blaze

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A father and his two children escaped from a fierce house blaze in Luton on Tuesday evening.

The fire is believed to have started at around 8.30pm at the family’s semi-detached home in Austin Road. The family escaped through the back of the house.

Neighbours were alerted by the smell of burning and Beds Fire and Rescue Service were called.

One neighbour told the Herald: “We could smell burning and saw the man run out through the back with the children, as we came outside the street was full of fire engines.”

A fire service spokesman said: “At 20.33 we received a call about a fire at a property in Austin Road, Luton.

“The fire involved the whole of the first floor of the property and firefighters used three hoses and 
two jets to fight the blaze, needing six breathing apparatus to protect themselves from smoke during the incident.

“100% of the first floor was damaged by fire and 80% of whole house was damaged by smoke.”

It is understood that the Red Cross victim support unit attended to support the family.

One of the family with a pre-existing condition was taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation, there were no other casualities.

A fire investigation was carried out, but the cause is unknown due to extensive damage. The incident was closed soon after 10pm.