Three people had to be rescued by firefighters after a blaze at a house in a west Hull street which has recently been teeming with police activity.
Crews in three fire engines, alongside smaller fire trucks, raced to the street to free the people inside the house after receiving the call at 12.19am.
A spokeswoman for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: “We attended a house fire in the early hours of the morning.
“It was a fire that started in the kitchen area and our crews rescued one adult female from the first floor window and two further people were assisted from a flat roof at the rear of the property.
“They gave oxygen therapy to the three people who were rescued and the last crew left the scene at 1.53am.”
An eyewitness who was there to see the aftermath of the fire and the subsequent rescue operation said: “I saw the firefighters walking some people out of the front door.
“Before that they were dealing with a distressed topless man at the top of Raglan Street. Before I got there, there was lots of shouting.
“The windows appeared to be smashed out upstairs and there were lots of people were out in the street.”
Second incident in four days
The fire comes just days after police stormed the street following an “altercation” which left a 42-year-old man with serious injuries.
At least six police cars, including armed police vehicles, descended on Raglan Avenue – a cluster of 10 homes off Raglan Street – at around 9pm on Sunday – and residents have admitted they were not surprised.
Worried homeowners have revealed their fears over violence happening regularly in the street as well as the surrounding area with one 58-year-old woman admitting she often has to lock herself away from any trouble.
Earlier this week she said: “We’ve had police a lot here recently,” she said. “There was a big scuffle outside here in my front garden one night and I thought ‘what the hell is going on?’
“I opened the door and saw armed police and police cars so I just shut the door and came in. I came back off holiday last weekend and my front wall had been pushed over.
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