Fuse box fire
The initial call came through shortly after 9pm and two fire engines from Redditch attended. Two firefighters in breathing apparatus used two carbon dioxide (CO 2) extinguishers to help tackle the fire, and with two hose reels and covering jets also used, the fire was brought under control by around 9.45pm.
While the downstairs of the property was extensively damaged by smoke and the house left without power, firefighters say that without an early alert from a smoke alarm, damage could have been far worse.
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) is highlighting the incident as part of its ongoing campaign to encourage everyone to have a working smoke alarm fitted in their home and to check it regularly.
This campaign was promoted as part of a multi-agency event held in the Church Hill area of Redditch earlier this month and more than 100 home fire safety referral visits were arranged, where representatives will visit people in their homes to offer fire safety advice and fit smoke alarms where needed.