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Severe house fire in Malvern

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At approximately 1:30pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 20 October), Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue (HWFRS) was called to reports of a house fire in the Malvern area.

Upon arrival, the crews found the domestic building, including the roof space, well alight. Eight fire engines and over 40 firefighters tackled the fire using a combination of compressed air foam jets, main jets and hose reel jets. The crews also used breathing apparatus sets to enter the building as well as nine metre ladders.

The crews continued to battle the fire throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The incident was scaled down to four fire engines and then further scaled down to two, as crews remained at the scene throughout the night, so that dampening down could be continued using two main jets.

Prior to the fire, the occupants were in the process of renovating the building. Group Commander Dan Quinn said: "Whilst under renovation, buildings of all types are more susceptible to fire and at greater risk of the effects of fire."

He continued: "We also encourage 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

Issued by
Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319