Wisbech has rallied around the family of a baby who is being treated in a specialist burns unit after a house fire over the weekend .
The one-year-old was flown to Broomsfield Hospital, in Chelmsford, by air ambulance following the blaze in Lime Avenue on Saturday morning.
Flames engulfed a front bedroom, burning through the ceiling and floor of the home of two parents and four children. Police and fire investigators are looking into the cause and confirmed a small number of cannabis plants were found at the property.
People across the town have come together in a show of support for the family.
Staff at the Orchards Primary School launched an appeal on its Facebook page for the family and have been inundated with support. Clothes, furniture and money have been pledged to help the family rebuild their lives. Headteacher Nicola Parker said the appeal was shared more than 418 times and seen by 18,000 people.
She said: “The standard of donations we have received is amazing. We have had money from the Elizabeth Wright Charity, KLH Removals has promised some furniture, while Tesco has given school uniforms. Boys bedding and towels are also needed.
“Everyone has been helping and posting messages of support. This is such a spirited community and I could not be more proud of this reponse.
“I have had a phone call from the father who has thanked the community for everything and said the baby is making good progress.”
Crews were called to the home at 8.30am on Saturday. Everyone was out of the home.
A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were treated for smoke inhalation. The three other children, aged two, four and seven, were unharmed.
Station Commander Dave Lynch, who attended the incident, is calling on householders to check their smoke alarms. He said: “The fire was well developed in a front bedroom when crews arrived.
“Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire quickly but it destroyed everything in the bedroom and had burnt through the ceiling and floor.
“There was also significant smoke damage to the rest of the upstairs.
“Although we cannot confirm a cause for the fire as the joint fire and police investigation is still continuing, we do not believe the smoke alarms in the house were working.”
If you would like to support the family, who are also in need of new school shoes in sizes eight, 13 and one, contact the Orchards School on 01945 583799.
“I would encourage everyone to check their smoke alarms. Smoke detectors will not prevent a fire but will give you an early warning to a fire so that you can get yourself and your family out safely. We recommend you have a detector on each level of your home and we advise that you test them once a week.”
If you would like to offer support to the family, who are also in need of new school shoes in sizes eight, 13 and one, contact the Orchards School on 01945 583799