Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire Control received a call at 7.30pm last night from a local resident who spotted the fire when walking down the street. On arrival the crews were faced with a well established and developing fire and large amounts of toxic smoke. This was an incredibly challenging incident to deal with as the fire quickly involved all floors of the property.
The severity and intensity of the fire in the roof space threatened to spread to adjoining properties in the block and fire crews had to work hard to control and quickly stop the incident escalating further. At the height of the incident there were five appliances and an aerial platform in attendance and over 30 firefighters. Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire Resilience (CSW) team along with the Red Cross Fire Victim Support unit were also in attendance to help support those directly affected by the fire. West Midlands Ambulance Service were also at the scene supporting crews and residents.
Although the resident was out at the time of the fire, unfortunately the resident’s pets which included a dog, a cat and birds were still inside. Despite the best efforts of the crews who entered the house in breathing apparatus to try and rescue them, the pets sadly died.
Talking about the incident, Station Commander, Keith McDermott said: “This was a severe house fire which was spreading rapidly to neighbouring properties on our arrival. Our crews, along with the crew from West Midlands Fire Service worked tirelessly to stop the fire from spreading through the row of eight properties. We were informed on arrival that the resident of the property was out, but that her pets were still inside. Despite the best efforts of the crew who went into rescue them, they sadly died at the scene.
“At this stage, the cause of the fire is unknown. Due to the fire damage, investigators are unable to get into the property as it has been deemed as structurally unsafe.
“Inspections of the property continued throughout the night to ensure that the fire remained out and there was no further risk to the remaining properties.”
If you don’t already have a working smoke alarm in place, we would urge you to get one fitted. It will give you the early warning you need to get out safely as well as helping to warn neighbouring properties if you are out of the house and your home is on fire.
For more information on fire safety in the home, visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafety