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Firefighters extinguished a house fire on Middle Road, Devonshire yesterday.

The property, just west of the junction with Tee Street, sustained structural and smoke damage.

No one was seriously hurt in the blaze but a neighbour told The Royal Gazette that two people were in the house when the fire broke out.

They were taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital to be assessed for smoke inhalation.

“They are very close to my family,” the resident said. “The wife is in shock about the fact that her house and belongings have been burnt.

“There were only two people in the house; I was told that the gentleman was in the bathroom.

“She [his wife] was screaming to him that the house was on fire. She was in shock. I told her to go to the hospital and I told him to go as well.” A resident who lives downstairs in the property said the fire started very suddenly.

“It's a fire; getting upset isn't going to do anything,” the resident said. “I'm just worried about my siblings overseas who are going to see this online and get upset. I don't want them to worry.”

The Bermuda Fire Service responded to the fire at the two-storey residence at 3.34pm.

Three vehicles — two fire trucks and a water truck — and ten firefighters attended the blaze.

Traffic was temporarily diverted at the junctions of Middle Road and Orange Valley Road, and Middle Road and Tee Street.

Fire Service spokesman Sergeant Russann Francis said: “I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of a general safety tip to remember.

“Close all doors when leaving the home, which will help to contain a fire and reduce damage to other areas within the home, and as our theme for Fire Safety Week 2014 stated — utilise smoke alarms and test them monthly.”

The circumstances of the fire are currently under investigation.

Meanwhile, just a few hours after the house fire was successfully tackled, a brush fire broke out on St George's Golf Course at 7.21pm. It was safely extinguished by about 8pm.

Sgt Francis said: “The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service responded to the mentioned incident with four fire appliances staffed with fourteen firefighters. Fire crews took approximately eight minutes to arrive on scene.

“Upon their arrival they discovered a large area of brush approximately 100ft by 40ft fully involved in fire. They proceeded to fight the fire for just under an hour... to extinguish the blaze.”

Firefighters deal with a fire at a private residence close to Tee Street (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Firefighters deal with a fire at a private residence close to Tee Street (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Firefighters deal with a fire at a private residence close to Tee Street (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Firefighters deal with a fire at a private residence close to Tee Street (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Firefighters deal with a fire at a private residence close to Tee Street (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)
Firefighters deal with a fire at a private residence close to Tee Street (Photo by Nicola Muirhead)

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Published December 10, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated December 10, 2014 at 8:22 am)

Firefighters extinguish house fire

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