Severe Fire at Children's Nursery
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service took the first 999 call to the nursery in Green Hill, London Road, at just before 6.30pm and 19 subsequent emergency calls were then made to the Control room.
Fire crews from Worcester (x3), Malvern (x2), Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Pershore and Upton attended the scene as well as the Command Support Unit, which helps to oversee operations. Later on fire engines from Stourport, Pebworth, Tenbury and Evesham provided relief crews.
"On arrival at the scene the firefighters found that there was a severe fire inside the premises which was affecting the first floor and roof space," said Group Commander Keith Chance.
"When I arrived at the scene crews had 'made pumps 8' and a woman had been rescued from a first floor balcony and was treated for smoke inhalation.
"At the height of the incident crews used six main jets and one hose reel to deal with the fire and we had six firefighters in breathing apparatus. The police closed part of London Road due to the severity of the fire."
Two crews remained on scene throughout the night and there is currently one pump still at the scene. A fire investigation officer attended the incident last night and he returned to scene this morning. At this stage the cause has not yet been determined.
A structural engineer is also due to attend the scene this morning to assess the damage to the building.