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House fire in Worcester

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Smoke alarms save lives 2Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) were called to reports of a house fire in Cranesbill Drive, Worcester at 07:28am on Friday 5 May 2017.

Three fire engines from Worcester Fire Station and one from Malvern Fire Station arrived swiftly at the scene and were faced with a well-developed fire starting from the first floor of the home.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were quickly deployed and extinguished the fire using one hose reel jet. One positive pressure ventilation fan was used to help remove the heated air and smoke and replace it with fresher air. A covering jet was also run out in case the fire developed further and had to be tackled from outside the premises.

Nick Ashcroft, Watch Commander on scene said: "The mother and two children were in the downstairs of their home when they were alerted to the ensuing fire in the upstairs of their home by mains fitted smoke alarms. The son investigated, saw smoke and the family promptly evacuated the premises and called for the Fire Service."

He continued: "The early warning from the smoke alarm gave the family time to evacuate their home safely. We urge all people to fit a working smoke alarm on every level of their home and ensure they are tested on a weekly basis."

If you require any advice on fire safety or you would like to see if you qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check, please call the Community Risk department on 0800 032 1155. More information on fire safety can also be found on our website at hwfire.org.uk