House fire, Malvern
The initial call was received just before 2pm and two fire engines from Malvern fire station were dispatched to the semi-detached house. Extra support was immediately requested and two further crews from Worcester joined them at the address.
Crews found the occupants of the property safely evacuated and a fire on the first floor of the property which had already spread into the roof space. Six firefighters in breathing apparatus were involved in tackling the fire with three hose reels used, and the blaze was brought under control within an hour, although crews are expected to remain at the scene, damping down, until around 6pm this evening.
The upstairs of the property suffered major damage and the roof was completely destroyed as a result of the fire. There was also extensive smoke damage throughout the house and the adjoining property.
Station Commander Phil Major from HWFRS praised the efforts of the crews throughout the incident. He said: "Thankfully the woman and child escaped from their house uninjured, but the fire had taken hold and the roof of the property is now unsafe."
He confirmed that representatives from the housing group that owns the property were in attendance and that fire investigators were working to establish the cause of the fire.
He added: "There were wired smoke alarms in the property and we cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms on every level of your home."