Two dogs rescued after car fire spreads to house
The fire in Cloverdale Drive was reported at around 10.15am on Sunday morning (20 February) and one pump from Peterchurch and two from Hereford attended along with the Incident Support Unit from Droitwich.
On arrival, crews found that a car parked immediately outside the address had caught fire and that the fire had quickly spread to the corner of the bungalow.
Four firefighters in breathing apparatus were involved in tackling the blaze, and two hose reel jets, a covering jet, a triple extension ladder, a roof ladder and a 9-metre ladder were also used along with working at height gear.
While the fire was brought under control by around 12.25pm, there was extensive smoke damage in the roof space of the bungalow and the car was completely destroyed.
Station Commander Steve Jordan said: "The incident began when the woman from the address went to use her car on Sunday morning. As she started the car, she heard a popping sound and then noticed smoke coming from under the bonnet, and then because the car was parked so close to the property, flames spread quickly from the car to the corner of the bungalow."
He explained how, because it was a single storey building, the fire then spread rapidly into the roof space and that a large section of the bungalow roof had to be removed to reach the intense burning in the rafters. Access to the roof space was made more difficult by the clutter inside the loft area.
The Red Cross Support vehicle also attended the incident and while there were no injuries, firefighters had to break in through French doors to rescue the woman's dogs from the living room of the bungalow. Both dogs were unharmed.