A 21-year-old Watford resident, along with his 61-year-old grandmother have been left with nothing after a vicious house fire ripped its way through their home on Bradshaw Road.
Kyle Gibbs and his nan Theresa escaped unharmed from the fire but were left with only the clothes that they were wearing on the day.
The fire originated on a railway embankment on the Abbey Line behind Bradshaw Road where it pushed its way through 15 gardens. More than 60 firefighters had to be called to fight the blaze.
Speaking to WatfordNews, Kyle said: “It was very unexpected, you never think something like that is going to happen to you. We’ve lost all the memories that we had in the house and I’ve personally lost a lot of memorabilia from when I went travelling.
“We were both scared, we’d not long got in from doing the shopping when we saw it. We knew pretty quickly that it was going to be bad, so our first instinct was to get out of there.”
Firefighters were called to the fire just before 2.30pm, and as the fire escalated, more resources were sent to the scene.
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police on the day said: “We were called at 2.35pm to Bradshaw Road, Watford, regarding a fire coming from the verge near the railway line.
“The fire has spread to a few gardens nearby.
“The houses have been evacuated as a precaution. The fire services have it under control though.”
Kyle’s father, Jason Pantry, has set up a GoFundMe page to try and support him and his grandmother, which has already raised nearly £3,500.
Kyle continued: “Everyone in the community has been so supportive, we didn’t even know about the fundraiser for a while so to see how much that’s been raised already is overwhelming.”
The GoFundMe page can be found here gofundme.com/f/a-lifetime-lost-in-a-second
Picture courtesy of Kings Langley Fire Station