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Warning after serious village house fire

Posted on December 22 2010 at 12:10:03

VILLAGERS are being reminded to test their smoke alarms following a serious house fire in Alvechurch in the early hours of the morning.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS) were called to the fire at a semi-detached house in Snake Lane just after 1am on Wednesday (22.12.10), and three pumps from Redditch and one from Bromsgrove attended.

Four firefighters in breathing apparatus helped tackle the blaze, which had started in the lounge and then swept through the ground floor of the house, causing significant damage.

They used two hose reels, a covering jet and a thermal imaging camera as they extinguished the fire and then ventilation equipment to help clear smoke from the property.

Three occupants were able to make their own way out of the house before the fire crews arrived. They were checked at the scene by ambulance staff for the effects of smoke inhalation and then taken to hospital.

Group Manager Keith Chance from H&WFRS said: “Despite the terrible road conditions, we managed to get to the scene very quickly and the fire was brought under control within an hour.

“Thankfully no one was seriously hurt as a result of this fire but the ground floor of the house was extensively damaged, and it certainly serves as a stark reminder for everyone to double-check that their smoke alarms are in full working order as the holiday period approaches.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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