Women and child flee as house goes up in flames

Ricky Noromberg outside the fire damage house in Hollins Street, Triangle.
Ricky Noromberg outside the fire damage house in Hollins Street, Triangle.
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THREE people fled their home as flames tore through it in a ferocious night-time fire.

Two women and a child escaped the blaze in Hollins Street, Triangle.

Fire crews from Halifax and Elland attended and firefighters needed breathing apparatus as they battled the flames for almost four hours.

All three victims were given oxygen and taken by ambulance to Calderdale Royal Hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation.

Residents of nearby houses were moved out as smoke from the fire spread rapidly into connected properties.

Among them was Ricky Noremburg and his wife Sheila, whose house backs on to the damaged property.

They spent four hours in the rain as the flames were fought.

Mrs Noremburg said: “I heard people shouting so ran outside to see what was going on. When I saw the house I thought ‘Oh, my Christ.’”

Mr Noremburg, who was able to move his car from the flames before it was damaged, said: “Everything in the house is ruined.

“The fire was burning the wallpaper off the walls. Whatever they walked out of the house in is all they’ll have. There is nothing left.

“There was smoke billowing out of that house and the other houses which connect to it.

“We were lucky because there was no visible smoke in our house but we could smell it. The firefighters told me it was a long time since they had seen a total burn- out like this. It’s totally devastated.”

Firemen say the house did not have a smoke alarm and are investigating.