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People evacuated from house after airing cupboard fire on one of Norfolk’s most Christmassy streets

Paget Adams Drive in Dereham, where two people were evacuated following an airing cupboard fire. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

Paget Adams Drive in Dereham, where two people were evacuated following an airing cupboard fire. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

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Two people had to be evacuated from a house during the early hours of the morning after a fire broke out in an airing cupboard.

Paget Adams Drive in Dereham, where two people were evacuated following an airing cupboard fire. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOPPaget Adams Drive in Dereham, where two people were evacuated following an airing cupboard fire. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP

A fire engine from Earlham and two from Dereham were called out at around 3.50am on Friday December 28 to Paget Adams Drive, near to Aldiss Park in Dereham.

The evacuated people were awoken by their smoked alarm and dialled 999 as soon as they discovered the fire.

A crew from the East of England Ambulance Service attended and a spokesperson from the trust said: “We were called at 4.24am with reports of two people with breathing difficulties.

“We sent one ambulance and took a man and a woman to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment.”

Paget Adams Drive carol service in Dereham in 2017. This is the same road where a fire broke out in an airing cupboard during the early hours on Friday December 28, 2018.  Picture: Eloise PeekPaget Adams Drive carol service in Dereham in 2017. This is the same road where a fire broke out in an airing cupboard during the early hours on Friday December 28, 2018. Picture: Eloise Peek

Firefighters wore wearing breathing apparatus used jets to put out the blaze. It was extinguished by 4.32am and the last appliance left the scene at around 6am.

Paget Adams Drive in Dereham is recognised as being one of the most Christmassy streets in the town, and also Norfolk, with almost every house illuminated with lights and ornaments.

Hundreds of pounds has been raised for charity over the years with this popular event and this year was no exception with hundreds flocking to the street to catch a glimpse of the lights when they were turned on earlier this month.

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