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House fire in Worcester

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) were called by the Police who were carrying out a routine patrol and responded to smoke issuing from a house fire in Acacia Close, Worcester.

HWFRS received the call from West Mercia Police at 05:12am on Wednesday 10 May. Three fire engines from Worcester Fire Station arrived rapidly at the scene and were faced with a well-developed fire on the first floor of the home.

Police had already made entry to the property and started rescue of a male casualty; they were then assisted by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus to complete the rescue. The male casualty has been conveyed to hospital after receiving medical assistance from Fire Crews.

Six Police Officers attended Worcester Royal Hospital for precautionary check for smoke inhalation.

The house was heavily smoke logged with the fire starting from the first floor bathroom of the property. A smoke alarm was fitted in the property but not working.

Six Firefighters in breathing apparatus used three hose reel jets to extinguish the fire, and one positive pressure ventilation fan was used to help remove the heated air and smoke and replace it with fresher air.

Mick Cadman, Group Commander said: "I would like to pay tribute to all emergency crews that attended, it is clear that without the bravery of the attending Police Officers this incident would have developed; the Police Officers that carried out the rescue did so without regard for their own safety and were heroic in their efforts, this is another example of a significant multi agency effort."

He continued: "We urge everyone to test their smoke alarms every week and to have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home. Smoke alarms provide a warning that provides you the opportunity to evacuate your home safely in the instance of a fire."

Superintendent Kevin Purcell said: "Shortly after 5am this morning, an officer on patrol noticed a house on fire. He called for support from colleagues and together they forced entry to the house and helped the resident, a 79 year old man, to safety. The man was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment. Six officers also attended A&E where they received precautionary treatment for smoke inhalation."

He continued: "Thanks to the officers' quick thinking and actions to protect life, the outcome of this incident could have been very different. This is a fine example of our officers assessing a situation and taking action in order to protect a member of the public from harm, putting their own personal safety at risk. I would like to commend the actions of the Police Officers involved and the fantastic partnership working between Police, Fire and Ambulance services."

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said "This is a prime example of police officers, who are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things. These six officers acted selflessly and it is important that they get the recognition they deserve for their bravery. On behalf of our communities, I would like to thank them, the Hereford and Worcester Firefighters and West Midlands Ambulance service for saving the man's life"

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