Flat Fire Ross on Wye
Two crews from Ross fire station initially attended, and finding a fire in a second floor flat with the possibility of people inside it, extra resources were requested and a third pump (from Whitchurch) was dispatched to the scene.
Firefighters in breathing apparatus carried out a thorough search of the flat and the attic space above it, confirming that the property was unoccupied, and then tackled the fire with two hose reels and a covering jet used. Positive pressure ventilation equipment was also used to help clear the smoke from the premises.
The fire is now under control although crews remain at the scene, damping down.
Station Commander Gary Jay from HWFRS said: “Thankfully this fire was spotted by a passer-by who raised the alarm and fire crews were quickly at the scene. Without this early alert, the damage could easily have been far worse.”
He confirmed that there was severe fire damage in the lounge area where the fire started and smoke logging throughout the rest of the flat.
The fire is believed to have started accidentally and is being linked to a reading lamp in the lounge.