Woman rescued from Ramsgate house fire

Fire crews in Hardres Street

Fire crews from Ramsgate’s Green Watch were called out to a house fire in the town  at 1.22am today (July 27).

The crew rescued a woman from the property in Hardres Street. Her son was already out.

The woman had climbed out of her first floor bedroom window and was standing on the roof of a bay window.

Crews pitched a 10m ladder and brought the woman to safety. The pair were given precautionary checks at the scene by South East Coast Ambulance Service. The woman was also treated for smoke inhalation.

Breathing apparatus teams went into the house and used a thermal imaging camera and a high pressure hose reel to extinguish the fire in a first floor bedroom. A special fan was also used to clear smoke. Crews removed damaged items to the garden and isolated the power and water.

The property had no working smoke alarms but fortunately the bedroom door was shut, so the fire was contained to that room. It is believed to have been started by a discarded cigarette.

The remainder of the first floor was affected by smoke, the ground floor and basement suffered water damage due to a pipe failing during the fire.

A spokesman said: “There was a small fire in the bedroom which we put out. An investigation will be carried out today into the cause.”

No-one was injured in the incident.

The scene was made safe by 3.30am.