Hereford Flat Fire
The initial call, which came in at 9.13am, suggested that there were 'persons reported' inside the building. On arrival at the scene the fire crews discovered that a builder, who was working nearby, had rescued a woman and young child from the flat.
Firefighters entered the flat wearing breathing apparatus and used three hose reels and a covering jet to bring the fire under control.
Station Commander Sean Bailey from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: "This was an intense fire which took hold very quickly. Severe damage was caused to a bedroom and the rest of the property was heavily smoke logged. During the course of our operations at the scene we advised local residents there had been a fire at the address and reminded them of the importance of having smoke alarms fitted in their homes".
"The gentlemen who entered the property must be praised for his swift actions. He risked his own safety in order to bring those inside to safety."
The stop message was given at 10.38am and the woman and child were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The cause of the fire is now under investigation.
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