Two classic cars worth thousands of pounds were rescued from garages following a serious fire at a property in Lynton Grove, Bedford, yesterday afternoon (May 5).
Firefighters battled to prevent the blaze spreading to protect one of the cars, a Fita XIP, while another car was rolled of the way.
The fire had begun accidentally in one outbuilding in the garden and spread to adjoining outbuilding in a neighbour’s garden which was used as a garage and workshop. It also spread to a house that also
abutted these buildings. The fire had spread into the roof of the outbuildings which made it harder to tackle with firefighters removing the tiles from one building to access to the blaze.
The fire service was called after reports of a blaze in the rear of a property at 3.25pm. Appliances from Kempston and Bedford Community Fire Stations attended supported by the Water Carrier from Toddington and the Special Rescue Unit from Kempston.
When they arrived eight minutes later they found a large outbuilding at the rear of the property well alight but had difficulty getting access to the garden.
Station Commander Andy Draper said: “This was a complex fire because the buildings were all close together and used as garages and workshops which meant there was plenty of flammable materials
in them. We had to gain access into the gardens to fight the fires and then remove tiles to get inside one building to attack the source of the blaze.
“While we were fighting the fire it became clear there were some classic cars at risk fire crews worked to prevent the fire spreading to one garage and removed another from a different building.
“I’d like to congratulate the Firefighters for their hard work in getting the incident under control and in dealing with what turned out to be a complicate arrangement of buildings.”
A fire investigation into the cause is being undertaken. The incident was closed at 17.52.