Community rallies round after family home badly damaged in Barton fire

Photo: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A community is rallying round after a family home was badly damaged by fire last night.

The alarm was raised at about 6.30pm on Saturday to a blaze at a property in St Cuthberts Green, Barton, occupied by a couple and their two children.

Crews from Richmond, Colburn and Bedale, along with two crews from Darlington, attended the incident.

On arrival the occupants were out of the property, although two people needed treatment for smoke inhalation.

The fire caused 100 per cent fire damage to bedroom, heavy smoke and heat damage to three further rooms and smoke logging in the roof voids of four adjacent properties.

A spokesperson for Richmond Fire Station said: “On arrival it was confirmed that everyone was out of the house and smoke was spreading to adjoining properties.

“The incident commander then requested further appliances to attend, with Bedale and a second appliance coming from Darlington.

“Two firefighters in breathing apparatus were tasked with entering the property to deal with the fire. They were met with a severe fire in the bedroom which had spread to the loft.

“In total 12 firefighters in breathing apparatus were used to tackle the fire and to check other properties for fire spread.”

Firefighters say the occupants were alerted to the fire thanks to a working smoke alarm.

Photos: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A spokesperson added: “We advise you have a smoke alarm on each floor of your property and that you test them once a week.

“If you don’t have working smoke alarms, please follow this link or contact Richmond Fire Station on 01748 823343.”

Crews used 12 breathing apparatus, three hose reels, two covering jets, two triple extension ladders, positive pressure ventilation fan, three thermal imagining cameras and small tools to extinguish the fire.


The cause is believed to be accidental.

An appeal has been launched to help the family, with clothes wanted for  a seven-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

For more details or to donate, click here.