Cawston homes devastated after car fire in garage

A blazing car caused severe damage to two homes in Cawston. Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-145936001
A blazing car caused severe damage to two homes in Cawston. Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-145936001

Two family homes in Cawston were devastated after a car caught fire in a garage on Friday (May 5) with neighbours setting up a fundraising page.

Fortunately no one was hurt but the houses on Oatland Drive were left destroyed after the fire, with the two families’ possessions in ashes.

One of the families’ cats has been missing since the fire but was found in a wardrobe this morning (Monday), where it had been hiding for three days.

“Crews from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (Rugby) made a startling discovery this morning when they heard a meowing in the bedroom,” a spokesman said.

“They were assisting home owners Steve and Shona to recover personal items, following a house fire which took hold of three properties on Oatland Drive in Rugby on Friday.

“On further inspection the crews found the owners beloved cat, aptly named Cat, hiding in the wardrobe, where he has been for the last three days.

A blazing car caused severe damage to two homes in Cawston. Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-145859001

A blazing car caused severe damage to two homes in Cawston. Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-145859001

“The owners were clearly overjoyed to find him as they thought he had run off during the fire.

“Despite everything Cat appeared to be in good health and is none the worse for his ordeal.

“He is now back with his owners being suitably spoilt.”

According to the GoFundMe page, both families, one with a small child, were left with nothing but £470 has been raised so far.

I am hoping that humanity and generosity will shine through.

Fundraising page founder Manda Goodwin

The page’s founder Manda Goodwin wrote: “I am hoping that humanity and generosity will shine through, so I’ve set up a donation page.

“Please give whatever you can however small it will still be more than these families have been left with.”

Three fire engines from Rugby, Southam and Leamington were sent to the blazing houses at around 3.15pm.

On arrival, crews were faced with a fire in a garage that had spread to the roof space of three residential properties.

Oatland Drive was filled with smoke. Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-145952001

Oatland Drive was filled with smoke. Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-145952001

Firefighters used everything in their armoury to extinguish the fire including water supplied by the town’s main hydrant.

Southam Fire Station wrote on Facebook: “Fire can catch you unawares even in broad daylight, so please ensure that you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home.”

The Red Cross Fire & Emergency Support Service from Kenilworth Fire Station attended to assist the residents involved in the incident.

Another cat from Oatland Drive also went missing as they got scared by the fire – it is unknown whether they belonged to either of the homes which caught ablaze.

To donate to the fundraising, visit www.gofundme.com/oatland-drive-fire-5517.

Firefighters were called out yesterday (Sunday) to deal with a hay bale on fire.

Firefighters on Oatland Drive Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-150017001

Firefighters on Oatland Drive Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-150017001

One fire engine from Rugby was sent to Cawston Grange Road where a hay bale was smouldering so they used an aqua backpack and small gear to extinguish it.

Firefighters tackling the house fire. Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-145916001

Firefighters tackling the house fire. Photo: Southam Fire Station NNL-170805-145916001