House Fire Redditch
With the possibility of people inside the semi-detached house, two fire crews from Redditch and one from Bromsgrove were initially dispatched to the scene. Finding a severe fire in the ground floor of the property, they requested extra resources, and further pumps from Redditch and Bromsgrove attended along with the Command Support Unit from Malvern.
Six firefighters in breathing apparatus, three hose reels and two covering jets were used as the property was searched and the fire was extinguished.
Station Commander Bob Sproat from HWFRS said: "We were able to confirm that the property was unoccupied following an extensive search of the house and roof space, with firefighters in breathing apparatus and the use of thermal imaging equipment.
"There were sections of floorboard missing inside the property and this made conditions even more challenging. However, crews worked extremely hard and were able to prevent any major fire spread to the adjoining property."
He confirmed that there was severe damage on the ground floor of the affected property with the ceiling destroyed and smoke damage into the loft space. There was also some smoke damage and slight fire damage in the semi next door.
The stop message was given at 3.40am although crews continued to cut away and damp down after this. A re-inspection was carried out at 7am and a further inspection is scheduled for later today.
Police have arrested one person in connection with the incident and fire investigation is continuing.