House fire, Bishops Frome
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was alerted to the blaze at around 11.35am when a man from the address returned home to find smoke at the windows.
Fire crews from Bromyard, Malvern and Hereford (x2) attended, arriving to find a well-developed fire on the first floor of the end terrace property. Firefighters attempted to enter the house but finding the conditions inside too dangerous, they withdrew and fought the fire externally instead, using ladders, two hose reels and a covering jet.
The fire was brought under control just before 1pm. No one was injured but the upper floor and the roof space were completely destroyed in the blaze.
Station Commander Neil Pigott from HWFRS praised the crews for their rapid and aggressive firefighting, saying: "Crews arrived to find the fire had already spread into the roof space and was threatening to break through into the neighbouring house as well. "While the conditions were too intense to fight the fire internally, crews broke the upstairs windows of the property and were able to tackle the fire from outside, and were effective in preventing further spread."
He also praised the man for calling the Fire Service rather than entering the property himself, and he urged anyone discovering a fire in their home to do the same, avoiding putting themselves at risk.
The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.