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Family affected by Perham Down fire getting MoD support

Family affected by Perham Down fire getting MoD support

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:12pm 15th January 2020.

2 minute read

The Army is helping those involved in the blaze on Saturday evening.

Firefighters were called out to Upnor Close in Perham Down at around 9.50pm on January 11th.

The Army's now told Spire FM that, as this affected Services Family Accommodation, they've placed the occupants into temporary housing for the time being.

Upnor Close Google Maps JPG
The area of Perham Down where the fire happened on Saturday night

In a statement, they've said: 

"We are aware of an incident involving a fire in Service Families Accommodation in Perham Down. This is being investigated by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

"We take the welfare, well-being and safety of our personnel and their families very seriously. Our personnel and their families can access support from the Unit Welfare Officer, Padre, Army Welfare Service and chain of command. 

"Temporary accommodation has been provided for the family until they can be rehoused."


Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue tell us they believe the blaze started after a cushion fell onto some hair straighteners and a hairdryer. 

Firefighters think the fire may have been smouldering during the day, with smoke damage throughout the house.

The family's dog died from smoke inhalation as a result.

Friends have set up a JustGiving page to support the family. 

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