Neighbours praise firefighters after Henry Street blaze

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Neighbours have praised fire fighters after crews rushed to tackle a blaze in Henry Street and save cats and dogs trapped inside in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Crews in three engines from Kenilworth and Leamington rushed to the site of the former Post Office at 5am after reports were raised of a fire in the downstairs living room.

A woman who lives at the house is understood to be safe and well and now staying with family.

Several cats which were inside the house died in the fire, with more being rescued by neighbours and firefighters. Three dogs were also rescued and reportedly treated for smoke inhalation.

Neighbour Lana White said despite still dealing with smoke damage, they cannot imagine what may have happened had it not been for dedicated fire crews that morning.

“We want to say a massive thank you to fire crews,” she said.

“Goodness knows what could have happened to us all without them. They acted so quickly and helped the animals in the house get out.

“I am so grateful for what they did for us all. They can’t justify closing the station. It just shows how important it is to us that they are here and how quickly and amazingly they acted.”

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews tackled the blaze at the ground floor living room and that 
investigations were ongoing to determine the cause.

The flames were thought to have started in the ground floor living room and did not spread. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

After the rescue, crews were also praised across social media sites and by residents and councillors quick to show support after the incident.

Another neighbour said: “To all the retained Kenilworth firefighters; you are amazing and worth your weight in gold. Where would we be without you and how on earth could anyone justify closing our station?”

The School Lane fire station has come under threat of closure over the past few years in ongoing restructuring plans across the county.