Seven ‘smell smoke’ and escape fire ripping through roof of Rainham house

Seven people escaped the flames yesterday before the fire engines arrived after they smelled smoke and “heard crackling” - followed by their fire alarms going off.

Dozens of firefighters battled a blaze which destroyed the entire roof of a Rainham house.

Seven people escaped the flames yesterday before the fire engines arrived after they smelled smoke and “heard crackling” - followed by their fire alarms going off.

Eight fire engines and around 60 firefighters were called to a house fire on Bulmer Walk in Rainham, in Havering, yesterday.

The scene after dozens of firefighters battled a blaze which destroyed the entire roof of a house in Rainham, Havering. Photo: London Fire Brigade

Crews from Wennington, Hornchurch, Barking, Dagenham and surrounding fire stations were called at 1.49am on Sunday, January 30.

The entire roof of a terraced house was destroyed and most of the roof of a neighbouring house was also damaged by fire.

There were no reports of any injuries and the fire was under control by 3.49am.

A spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said: “The residents were alerted to the fire after they could smell smoke and heard crackling coming from the loft followed by their smoke alarms sounding.

“Firefighters carried out salvage operations to safely recover items as swiftly as possible and minimise damage.”

At just after 4am, a fire service spokesperson wrote in a tweet: “The house fire in #Rainham is now under control but firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night.

“Crews are carrying out salvage operations to safely recover items.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.