Guernsey Press

Woman in hospital after fire in Hauteville property

INVESTIGATIONS continued throughout the day yesterday into the cause of a serious fire in Lower Hauteville on Sunday night.

Picture By Peter Frankland. 21-08-23 .Fire at a property in Hauteville. On the corner with Pedvin Street.. (32443716)

A woman was taken to hospital in the incident, which saw the road cordoned off yesterday.

On the other side of police tape on Sunday night, bags of recycling, melted cleaning supplies and a burnt wooden chair were stationed outside the property, which was scorched around the windows and door.

All three emergency services were called to the blaze just after 9.30pm and Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service station officer Gary Van Der Linden said they arrived to find the fire well-established and people in the street trying to fight it with a garden hose.

He said the fire broke out on the ground floor of the house and spread to the first before firefighters arrived with two tenders.

Four men wearing breathing apparatus were deployed during the incident.

Firefighters remained on the scene for some time damping down and checked back overnight to make sure there were no hot spots.

A double-crewed ambulance was dispatched to the scene and a paramedic incident officer also attended.

Ambulance crew treated one patient who had been rescued by firefighters, and they were taken to hospital.

One other person, who had been in the house at the time, did not require treatment.

Mr Van Der Linden said at the time that there was no clue as to what caused the fire, but an investigation would take place.

A Guernsey Police spokesman yesterday confirmed that this was still the case.

A woman who lived in a property nearby said that she was alerted to the incident after hearing commotion outside and sirens shortly thereafter.

‘It was really scary, especially now because we don’t know what happened or how it started,’ she said.

‘It does make you worried for your own home, especially because they’re all so close together round here. It’s a bit eerie around here today.’

As of yesterday afternoon, the woman remained in hospital care and was said to be in a stable condition.

Traffic measures were put in place to close off Lower Hauteville yesterday, which included a civil protection officer at the scene.

The area of Hauteville could not be accessed even by pedestrians between the junctions with Tower Hill and Pedvin Street.

The road was reopened yesterday shortly after 4pm and traffic returned to normal.

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