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FIRE dog, Eric clocked up some miles last week as he headed down to Great Yarmouth to assist Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service investigate a fatal incident.
A blaze ripped through a holiday chalet in the town, sadly claiming the life of an elderly lady.
It took five hours for Eric and handler, Mike Dewar, to reach the scene which was still locked down, with partners from Norfolk Constabulary’s crime scene investigation team in attendance.
Mike said: “The scene was quite difficult to negotiate, there was no street lighting and around 90 percent of the building had been destroyed. We used Eric’s PPE to ensure he was safe in the area and we went to work.
“We carried out a full search of the area twice, which took around an hour and were satisfied no accelerants were found, meaning our colleagues at NFRS were able to rule out that line of enquiry and explore other potential causes.”
After a long trip and a job well done, Eric was treated to a run on the beach before heading back to Great Yarmouth fire station for a bite to eat.
Mike finished by saying: “It was a great example of GMFRS leading the way and stepping up to assist another fire and rescue service with our canine fire investigation team.”