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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Severe Fire in Codsall Destroys House

09/02/2012

A semi-detached house on Pendeford Mill Lane in Bilbrook, Codsall has been destroyed by a severe fire last night.

"The entire house was engulfed in flames and in danger of spreading to the adjoining house."

Group Manager, Mark Williams

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service received four emergency calls at just after 10.00pm last night reporting the house fire.

Codsall firefighters and three fire engines from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service were sent to the scene where they were met with a well-developed fire.

The two occupants, a 75-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were outside on arrival and were taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

Group Manager, Mark Williams said: "The crews were met with a very serious fire on arrival and immediately began to tackle it externally using two main jets and two hose reel jets.

"We also sent for the aerial ladder platform from Stafford, the water carrier from Cannock and the control unit from Stone. The entire house was engulfed in flames and in danger of spreading to the adjoining house.

"Firefighters were sent into the loft space of the neighbouring property to prevent the fire from spreading into that house whilst other firefighters continued to tackle the fire from outside. Due to severity of the fire, it had to be tackled externally and the roof and floors have all burnt through.

"We will be carrying out a joint fire investigation with Staffordshire Police today to establish the cause of the fire however due to the extent of the damage this is expected to take some time."

Crews have been on the scene all night and this morning. The last fire engine left the incident at 9.25am this morning as fire investigation work gets underway.