UPDATE: Man rescued from ‘suspicious’ house fire in Haverhill

Police and firefighters at the house fire in Abington Place ANL-160714-103937001
Police and firefighters at the house fire in Abington Place ANL-160714-103937001
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A man was rescued from a house fire in Haverhill this morning which police are treating as suspicious.

Three fire engines from Haverhill were called at 8.20am today to the incident in Abington Place and rescued the man in his 20 or 30s from a first floor window.

The rear of the house fire in Abington Place, Haverhill ANL-160714-104248001

The rear of the house fire in Abington Place, Haverhill ANL-160714-104248001

The occupants of three neighbouring properties also had to be evacuated in case the fire spread to their homes.

Incident commander, Paul Goodman, described what firefighters found on their arrival: “Fire was coming out of the right hand side bedroom window when we arrived.

“An adult male appeared on the left hand side window calling for help and he was rescued using a ladder.”

Police were soon on the scene, added Mr Goodman, as was an East of England Ambulance Service rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew and ambulance officer, who treated the man for mild smoke inhalation but he turned down the chance to go to hospital.

Using breathing apparatus, firefighters brought the fire under control and searched the multi-occupancy house to see if anyone else was inside as the rescued man was unsure. Nobody else was there.

Firefighters tackled the fire on the first floor and in the roof space before checking that the blaze had not spread to adjacent properties.

The terraced house was dampened down and roof tiles were removed to check for hot spots.

Mr Goodman added: “The fire crews did a fantastic job in keeping it to the property. We knocked all the neighbours up because smoke was spreading through the roof area and made sure they were evacuated.

“We have checked their properties and they are fine.”

One firefighter was taken to hospital, added Mr Goodman, for treatment to a minor cut suffered as he broke in through the locked back door of the house.

Most of the first floor was damaged by fire and smoke and the ground floor is also heavily smoke damaged, leaving the occupants needing to be rehoused.

Mr Goodman said: “Nobody will be living there for some time.”

The incident was under control by 9.35am.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said they were treating the fire as suspicious and are working with fire officers to determine what caused the incident.