Roof damaged by fire
The first of several calls reporting the incident came through at around 6.15pm and six fire engines attended, including two from both Kidderminster and Bromsgrove, and a further two from the West Midlands area (Stourbridge and Northfield). The Command Support Unit and supporting pump from Malvern, the Incident Support Unit from Droitwich and the water carrier from Evesham were also dispatched to the incident.
On arrival, crews found a well-developed fire in the roof space and 16 firefighters in breathing apparatus helped tackle the fire. Two hose reels, two main jets, two 13.5 metre ladders, one triple ladder and working at height gear were used, with water supplemented from nearby hydrants.
Station Commander Chris George-Burnell from H&WFRS explained: "Fortunately a neighbour noticed smoke, alerted the family inside the house and then called the Fire Service."
He confirmed that the occupants of the house were able to evacuate safely and that firefighters managed to contain the fire in the roof space. The stop message was given shortly after midnight although damping down continued until around 2.30am (Wednesday 23 March).
The fire is believed to have been due to an electrical fault.
Electrical faults are a common cause of fires and H&WFRS is urging people to ensure that their electrical installations are checked on a regular basis by approved engineers.