Serious house fire in Worcester
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) was called to a house fire in Bedwardine Road, Worcester at 15:41 today (Tuesday 22 October 2019).
A police officer from West Mercia Police was first on the scene, where two people had been alerted by a smoke alarm to a kitchen fire, thought to be caused by unattended cooking.
On arrival at the mid-terraced building, fire was affecting both the ground and first floors of the property and had also spread to the loft space. The fire was extinguished by six crews from Worcester, Droitwich, Malvern and Pershore fire stations, using breathing apparatus and hose reel jets.
Two casualties were treated at the scene by West Midlands Ambulance Service and taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
“Although this fire was serious and property has been severely damaged, working smoke alarms ensured it did not turn into a tragedy,” said Station Commander Lee Watson, of HWFRS. “Fire crews worked extremely hard to extinguish the fire and prevent further damage to other people’s homes. It was an effective multi-agency response with our colleagues from the police and ambulance service.
“We also recognise and appreciate the support of the neighbouring community who were extremely cooperative.”
HWFRS will remain at the incident, cutting away the damaged building and damping down.
Fire officers will carry out an investigation into the cause of the fire, although it is not thought to be suspicious.