16th June 2015 Fire destroys family home in Church Crookham
After flames ripped through their home, the family are staying in a hotel but thanked the community for the outpouring of support since the fire.
A Church Crookham family is coming to terms with lost possessions and memories after their home was destroyed by fire. No one was injured in the blaze at the house in Compton Road.
Andy Clifford of Blue Watch from Rushmoor Fire Station said they were called to the blaze at about 3.20pm on 16th June. “It was quite a serious fire and was well alight by the time we got there,” he added. “We sent all three engines from Rushmoor with support from Yateley and an aerial ladder platform from Guildford.” Mr Clifford said the fire started downstairs in the semi-detached home but quickly spread to the whole house.
“The ground floor and first floor both suffered around 60% damage before the fire went right through the roof,” he added. “By the time we got there, the fire was fully developed. “Flames were coming out of the windows. We got the hoses on it straight away and we had it under control pretty much as soon as we had arrived, but the damage had been done by then.” Mr Clifford said fire crews were able to largely protect the neighbouring property.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Eyewitness Aaron Sartin lives in Aldershot Road and backs on to the fire damaged house. He said he was returning from picking up his daughter from school at 3.40pm when he saw the smoke coming from close to his home. “I saw smoke coming from where we live so my heart was in my mouth,” he said. "I went into the garden and the flames were starting to come up through the roof. The fire service was already there spraying the house from both sides. It destroyed the house within an hour and they were still there three hours later damping down."
Story collated by Liz Turnbull.
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