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Search for cause of major Barnt Green house blaze

Posted on April 19 2012 at 11:01:07

Investigators are trying to find the cause of a fire that ripped through the roof of a house in Barnt Green and took 60 firefighters to bring under control.

Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service was called to Reservoir Cottage in Bittell Road just before midnight on Monday 16 April.

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 on Tuesday morning (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.

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