Three killed in Spalding house inferno

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Neighbour described Spalding house fire as a “towering inferno”.

Residents of Westbourne Gardens living close to the Tower Lane house fire were warned their homes might have to be evacuated.

A firefighter working at the scene of the fatal house fire on Sunday. SG010516-108TW

A firefighter working at the scene of the fatal house fire on Sunday. SG010516-108TW

A retired couple were in bed when police rang their doorbell just after midnight on Sunday and said they might have to leave their home.

They went downstairs and saw the house fire raging a few feet beyond the end of their back garden.

One of them said: “The whole roof widthways was ablaze. It was horrendous.

“It was a sort of towering inferno. I have never seen anything like it.”

It was horrendous. It was a sort of towering inferno. I have never seen anything like it.

Westbourne Gardens resident

She and her husband waited until about 3.30am before they felt safe to go to bed.

On Sunday morning, their home smelled of smoke and as they started their day firefighters were still on the scene.

One firefighter was working from an aerial platform high above the houses and damping down the roof of the fire-damaged house.

None of the residents in Westbourne Gardens was aware on Sunday morning that anyone had died in the fire and some had slept through the night, waking up to find firefighters and fire engines in their normally quiet residential street.

The tragic news revealing there had been two deaths was released by police at about 9.30am.

News a third death was revealed yesterday and today (Tuesday) police said all of the victims were men.