10:25AM, Friday 21 March 2014
A firefighter was injured when attending a house fire in Woodlands Park, Maidenhead, this morning.
He was treated at the scene for minor burns by paramedics before being sent to hospital for a precautionary check-up.
At 3.27am this morning a resident called 999 to report flames coming from the house next door.
"There were flames shooting out of the front window and the back bedroom window and lots of smoke," said neighbour Alan Bell.
"As the fire took hold it set the loft on fire so the slates started falling off the roof."
Four fire appliances attended, from Maidenhead, Slough, Hayes (London) and Windsor, together with the aerial ladder platform from Whitley Wood in Reading and the multi-role command and control vehicle from Dee Road, Reading.
Neighbours Anita Hogg and her husband Douglas were woken by the smell of smoke coming in through their bedroom window.
Mr Hogg went outside after hearing an alarm sounding, saw the house was on fire and dialled 999.
"It exploded out the back window," said Mrs Hogg.
"The fire service were fantastic, they had to shut the road and there was an awful lot of water."
Firefighters in breathing apparatus carried out a search of the property but the house was under renovation and no-one was inside.
The fire caused severe damage to the house, with 100 per cent of the first floor and 80 per cent of the roof destroyed and a partial roof collapse.
The fire is believed to have started in a bedroom and a fire investigation will be carried out.
Updates to follow.
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