Nov 9 2012 By Carl Gavaghan and Charlotte Pamment
Thornhill Road fire
Thirty firefighters were called to a house fire in Thornhill Road, Ickenham in the early hours of this morning (Friday).
The name of the family that lives at the house - number 47 - is Guma, according to neighbours. They fled their burning home as flames, from the ground floor to the roof, engulfed the property.The Gumas could not be contacted. Mr Guma was believed to be in the house talking to firefighters and his insurers when the Gazette visited the scene.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said it looked as if a firework display was going off and flames were shooting up out of the roof.
Another neighbour, Chad Chandramohan, 47, said: "The firemen were brilliant and didn't feel the need to wake us as everything was obviously under control.
"One of them was on our driveway blasting water on to the [burning] house."
The fire destroyed the roof of the house and large parts of both the first and ground floors.
The family of four escaped before the arrival of the fire brigade, and a neighbour said they believed none of the family was injured. However, London Ambulance Service said crews treated a man who was taken to Hillingdon Hospital with an arm injury.
London Fire Brigade watch manager, Colin Digby, who was at the scene, said: "The fire was intense and crews worked hard to bring it under control as quickly as possible.
"There was a lot of smoke and flames, so firefighters did very well in the challenging conditions. Its very lucky that the family escaped uninjured."
Six fire engines from Hillingdon, Ruislip, Northolt, Hayes, and Harrow fire stations were at the scene. The brigade was called at 2.40am and the fire was under control at 6.37am.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We sent two ambulances, a Hazard Area Response Team and a duty officer to the scene at 2.45am."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
See the Gazette next week for updates