Fridge sparks house fire in Huntingdonshire village

House fire in Alconbury. Picture: Cambs Fire

House fire in Alconbury. Picture: Cambs Fire - Credit: Archant

A fridge is most likely to have caused a fire to break out in a Huntingdonshire home this morning (Monday).

House fire in Alconbury. Picture: Cambs Fire

House fire in Alconbury. Picture: Cambs Fire - Credit: Archant

A family were woken by a smoke alarm at about 6.15am after a fire broke out in the kitchen of their Rusts Lane, Alconbury, home.

Fire crews from Sawtry, Yaxley, St Neots and Huntingdon had extinguished the fire by 9.40am.

It is thought the fire was started by an electrical appliance, most probably the fridge.

Watch commander Jeremy Corney said: “The crews arrived to find a well developed fire in the kitchen of the property. The occupants were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm so were able to safely evacuate before we arrived.

“The crews did a great job to extinguish the fire quickly. The damage was mainly confined to the kitchen and conservatory, with some smoke damage to other areas. Our investigation concluded this was an electrical fire that started in the kitchen, most likely from the fridge.”

He added: “This incident highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted. The occupants of this house were alerted and were able to leave safety and contact 999 thanks to theirs. We would encourage all residents to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted on every floor of their premises.”