Flat fire, Malvern
With people reported to be inside the building, two pumps from Malvern and three from Worcester were dispatched to the scene, and a further pump from Ledbury, the Aerial Ladder Platform from Worcester and the Command Support Unit from Malvern also attended.
On arrival, crews found that a fire which had started in an outside bin store had spread to the roof space of the building, affecting two first floor flats. Firefighters in breathing apparatus helped evacuate the occupied flats and then used three hose reel jets and a covering jet to put out the fire. Using the Aerial Ladder Platform for access, crews cut away the roof and used the thermal imaging camera to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.
All occupants were safely evacuated before midnight while the stop message was given just before 2.30am this morning (Tuesday 23 August).
Station Commander Phil Major from H&WFRS praised the firefighters involved, saying that the actions of those first at the scene helped stop the spread of fire from the roof space to the rest of the building.
He said: "Three of the six flats in the building were occupied as the fire broke out, and five people, plus a dog and a cat, were safely evacuated, with no one injured.
"The fire was largely confined to the roof space, although there was also damage to the first floor flats where the ceilings had fallen through."
He confirmed that residents had been found alternative accommodation as the flats were structurally unsafe following the fire.
Fire investigators are now working with police to establish how the fire started.