Published: March 5, 2011
Gas fire caused Highbridge house blaze, conclude investigators

Investigators have concluded that a Highbridge house blaze earlier this week was accidentally caused by a gas fire. first reported on Tuesday how two people had managed to escape unhurt from the three-storey property at Lakeside as five fire crews tackled the blaze, which started at 1.43am.

Fire spokesman Garry Alford told on Friday: "The fire investigation has concluded that the fire was of accidental cause, believed to be as a result of conducted or radiated heat from an internal gas fire igniting the timber frame structure of the dwelling."

"It is likely that the fire developed within the walls and ceiling voids for some hours before the occupants became aware of it and subsequently called the Fire and Rescue Service."

"The fire caused extensive damage to the internal structure and fabric of the building at both first and second floor levels, but fortunately nobody was injured."

He added that smoke detectors were fitted within the property and did operate when there was sufficient smoke.

"This reinforces the advice that the public should always ensure that they have a working smoke detector on each storey of their property."

Pictured are fire crews at the scene of this week's blaze at Lakeside

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