Firefighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, assisted by colleagues from West Midlands Fire Service, have tackled a severe house fire.
“This fire was so severe it has completely devastated the house, leaving just a shell. Thankfully all of the residents escaped the home unscathed, which is the most important thing, but our thoughts are with them as they have lost absolutely everything."
Fire Control received a report of a house fire in Huntsmans Walk, Kinver, at 12.25am today (Thursday May 24) after one of the occupants discovered a blaze on the ground floor.
Thankfully the five occupants escaped the fire uninjured but they were checked over by paramedics at the scene as a precaution.
Crews attended from Kinver, Wombourne, Brierley Hill and Stourbridge. Upon arrival they found the detached home well alight with flames engulfing the roof. The first appliance went straight to the rear of the home to tackle the fire with further appliances fighting the fire from the front of the home.
An appliance from Dudley also attended for a short time to provide relief cover for Wombourne.
Throughout the incident firefighters used six main jets and a hose reel jet to tackle the fire, working throughout the night until 7.30am, when the incident was scaled back to one appliance.
Firefighters from Wombourne returned to the scene this morning, later relieved by Kinver to monitor for hotspots. A fire investigation has taken place and it is believed the fire started accidentally. However, due to the extent of the damage investigators have not been able to establish an exact cause at this time.
Tim Hollingworth, Fire Investigation Officer, said: “This fire was so severe it has completely devastated the house, leaving just a shell. Thankfully all of the residents escaped the home unscathed, which is the most important thing, but our thoughts are with them as they have lost absolutely everything.
“The investigation found that the fire began on the ground floor and quickly spread to the upper floors. A car and a van parked on the driveway were also destroyed.”