House Fire Grafton Flyford
The incident happened at just before 4pm on Friday afternoon (July 27). The first crew from Worcester Fire Station arrived at the scene and called for three more fire engines (one from Droitwich and two from Worcester) to attend. Firefighters quickly discovered the fire was in the rear bedroom of the property and had spread to the roof. They used two hose reels and covering jets to bring the fire under control.
Group Commander Phil Russell, who was the officer in charge of the incident, said: "The fire started in a first floor bedroom and it was discovered by the householder," he said. "When the crew arrived at the scene they discovered that the fire had broken through into the roof space.
"It was a challenging job for the firefighters as there was a lot of cladding and insulation involved in the fire. This meant they had to remove roof tiles so they could tackle the fire and stop it from spreading further."
The bedroom suffered severe fire damage as did the roof of the property. The rest of the first floor suffered smoke damage.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation although it is believed to have started accidentally. The most likely cause was a defective immersion heater switch.
Firefighters returned to the village on Saturday to give fire safety advice to householders living nearby and fit smoke alarms where necessary.