House fire, Barnt Green
The first crews at the scene arrived to find a fire in the roof space and first floor of the large residential house and so requested the attendance of additional resources to help tackle the blaze.
At the height of the incident, around 60 personnel from HWFRS and West Midlands Fire Service were involved in fighting the fire, with crews from Bromsgrove (2), Redditch (2), Kidderminster, Droitwich, Malvern and West Midlands (2) attending, along with the Command Support Unit and the Environmental Protection Unit, plus the Aerial Ladder Platform from Worcester. The police, ambulance service and Highways Agency also attended the incident along with a Support Vehicle from the Red Cross.
With 20 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, five main jets, two hose reels plus the aerial appliance used as an observation platform, the fire was brought under control just before 6am this morning (Tuesday 17 April).
There were no injuries but there was extensive damage to the roof space and first floor of the house.
Bittell Road was closed while firefighting and salvage operations continued and is expected to re-open later this morning.
An investigation to establish the cause of the fire is due to start shortly.