Smoke alarm warning following Alvechurch house fire
Residents in North Worcestershire are being reminded to test their smoke alarms following a serious house fire in Alvechurch in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 22 December).
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) were called to the fire at a semi-detached house in Snake Lane just after 1am, and three pumps from Redditch and one from Bromsgrove attended. Four firefighters in breathing apparatus helped tackle the blaze, which had started in the lounge and then swept through the ground floor of the house, causing significant damage. They used two hose reels, a covering jet and a thermal imaging camera as they extinguished the fire and then positive pressure ventilation equipment to help clear smoke from the property.
Three occupants were able to make their own way out of the house prior to the arrival of fire crews. They were checked at the scene by ambulance staff for the effects of smoke inhalation and then taken to hospital. Group Manager Keith Chance from HWFRS said: "Despite the terrible road conditions, we managed to get to the scene very quickly and the fire was brought under control within an hour.
"Thankfully no one was seriously hurt as a result of this fire but the ground floor of the house was extensively damaged, and it certainly serves as a stark reminder for everyone to double-check that their smoke alarms are in full working order as the holiday period approaches."
The cause of the fire is under investigation.