Firefighters have rescued three people from a house fire in Shelton this morning.
"If it wasn’t for the alarm activating we could be reporting a far more serious situation."
Station Manager, Rob Barber
The call was received at 7.04am reporting a fire at a terraced house on Leek Road in Shelton. Fire crews from Hanley and Newcastle were initially sent, however the number of crews was soon increased and at the height of the incident 35 firefighters tackled the blaze.
Upon arrival firefighters were faced with a well developed fire that was on both the ground and first floor of the property. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reel jets and one main jet to tackle the fire.
One person was rescued from the roof at the rear of the house and two were lead out to safety by firefighters.
The fire had spread to the roof space of the house and so firefighters searched the common roof void of the adjacent properties, fortunately, the fire had not spread.
Station Manager Rob Barber said: “The three occupants were extremely lucky to get out of the property as the fire was well developed. The working smoke alarm alerted the students to the fire, if it wasn’t for the alarm activating we could be reporting a far more serious situation.
“Following the incident firefighters fitted smoke alarms to the adjacent properties.”
The fire has severely damaged 90% of the property leaving it uninhabitable. The fire was out by 8.30am at which stage the incident was scaled down in size. The cause of the fire is under investigation.