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Three rescued in Hereford house fire

Three people have been rescued from a house fire in Hereford this morning (Monday 21 June).

Three pumps from Hereford and one from Fownhope attended the fire at flats in Friar Court, off Friars Street, shortly after 9am, and firefighters rescued three people, two males and a female, from the second floor of the building.

Specialist equipment including breathing apparatus, 9-metre ladders, a hose reel jet and positive pressure ventilation (a fan to blow out the smoke) were used during the rescue.

New Hereford Watch Manager Guy Palmer, who had literally just started his very first watch at the station as the call came though, explained: "We were alerted to the fire at 9am this morning and fire crews were at the scene within minutes, rescuing three people from flats on the second floor of the burning building.

"Thankfully no one was injured but this will certainly be a memorable first day for me as new Watch Manager.

"While the days and months ahead may not be quite so dramatic, I'm happy to have joined an experienced team here in Hereford and I'm looking forward to working with them."

The central stairwell of the building was damaged during the fire and firefighters are working closely with the police to establish exactly how the fire started.