Firefighters have rescued two people from a serious house fire in Lichfield.
“Fortunately firefighters were able to rescue both women within a few minutes of arriving, meaning they could receive medical attention as soon as possible for smoke inhalation."
Crews responded to reports of a fire at a home in Willow Tree Close just before 11.35pm last night, Thursday May 3. It was reported that two women were trapped inside the property.
Appliances attended from Lichfield, Rugeley, Chase Terrace, Tamworth and Barton-under-Needwood, along with the aerial ladder platform from Longton.
Within minutes of arriving firefighters used a short extension ladder to rescue a woman in her 40s from a rear first floor bedroom. Meanwhile six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the home and rescued a woman in her 60s from another bedroom. A dog, cat and two gerbils were also saved from the blaze.
Both women were given oxygen therapy at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Burton Queens Hospital. The woman in her 60s remains in hospital in a stable condition; while the other casualty was released from hospital earlier this morning.
Station Manager Graham Mills said: “When responding to this incident we knew it was extremely serious and that people were trapped within the home.
“Fortunately firefighters were able to rescue both women within a few minutes of arriving, meaning they could receive medical attention as soon as possible for smoke inhalation. All emergency services responded swiftly and paramedics were on hand to assess and treat the women as they were brought out of the property.
“Our initial firefighting activity was done from outside the home using three hose reel jets before crews entered the building to try to tackle the fire from within. However, the fire had already spread to the roof space which created intense heat and made conditions too dangerous for firefighters to continue their efforts to extinguish it from inside.
“Therefore the aerial ladder platform was used in order to remove roof tiles to release heat, this allowed us to bring the fire under control using hose reel jets from outside; but even then it took considerable time and was not an easy task.
“Once the fire was extinguished crews from Cannock attended at around 3am to continue to monitor the property for any hotspots and Uttoxeter firefighters have taken over monitoring the scene this morning and assisting with any damping down required.
“The cause is not known at this time but a joint fire investigation is now underway with colleagues from Staffordshire Police.”