Elderly woman escapes from house fire

Sallieann Carpenter and Button in their garden ' the picture also shows some of the damage to Sallieann's and her neighbour's home.
Sallieann Carpenter and Button in their garden ' the picture also shows some of the damage to Sallieann's and her neighbour's home.

An elderly woman went to hospital suffering smoke inhalation – and a tiny terrier was rescued from the house next door – when fire spread from gardens to two homes.

The blaze started inside a garden shed in Salem Street, Gosberton, just after 4.20pm on Wednesday.

Fire spread to a bungalow, occupied by the elderly woman, and to a house where Button, a 13-year-old Border Terrier, was home alone.

The elderly woman, believed to be in her eighties, and another person at the house, believed to be a male relative who lives locally, escaped without the need to be rescued by the fire service. Both suffered smoke inhalation, but only the woman went to hospital for a check-up.

Button’s owner, Sallieann Carpenter, returned at about 5.30pm to see her home surrounded by flashing blue lights from the emergency services vehicles.

She wasn’t allowed to go inside, but told firefighters about Button and they rescued her from a smoke-filled room.

She (Button) wasn’t asleep and she wasn’t stressed – because she was on the floor, and she kept low, she was under the smoke.

Sallieann Carpenter

Relieved Sallieann said: “She wasn’t asleep and she wasn’t stressed – because she was on the floor, and she kept low, she was under the smoke.

“She’s got a breathing problem and I was really concerned but she’s okay.”

Sallieann said her neighbour’s home was nearly wrecked by the fire and there’s thousands of pounds worth of damage at her own house.

Luckily Sallieann won’t have to move out, but she must replace the whole of her conservatory, carry out other repairs including replacing a bathroom window and roof guttering that buckled in the heat, and buy new carpets to replace those damaged by soot.

Sallieann and Button were taken in by neighbours as the police and fire services investigated the cause of the blaze.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue were on the scene until the early hours of Thursday morning and brought in dogs from the fire service investigation branch in Derby to check for use of accelerants typically used in arson attacks.

But the fire service later said the blaze was caused by an electrical fault in a freezer inside a garden shed.

The freezer and shed – in Sallieann’s garden – were destroyed in the blaze along with stretches of garden fencing.

Fire crews from Donington, Kirton and Spalding went to the fire and the Salem Street was closed to traffic for several hours.

n Neighbours said the elderly woman taken to hospital has been unwell for some time.