Firefighters have condemned those responsible for pushing three fireworks through the letterbox of a house in Belgrave, Tamworth at the weekend.
"We are extremely shocked and angered by this incident that put the lives of five people at serious risk."
Group Manager, Tim Hyde
One woman and four children had to be rescued from their home following the incident on Wandsbeck at approximately 11.20pm on Saturday evening.
Fire control operators had to give the woman fire survival advice whilst crews from Tamworth, Tamworth Mercia, Atherstone and Polesworth were en-route to the incident. On arrival firefighters rescued the five occupants, who were in a rear bedroom. One 16 year old received oxygen therapy at the scene due to smoke inhalation.
Group Manager, Tim Hyde said: "We are extremely shocked and angered by this incident that put the lives of five people at serious risk.
"We will be working with the police and other partners to bring those responsible to justice and assisting the authorities to ensure that those who deliberately put others’ lives at risk receive the appropriate punishment. We would ask everyone in our communities to reflect on whether someone they know was involved in this selfish and life threatening activity and if so to do the right thing by reporting those responsible to the police."
Inspector Mark Smith, from Tamworth Local Policing Team, said: "This was a very serious incident which could have caused serious harm to the occupants.
"We're working closely with the fire and rescue service to fully investigate this crime and would urge anyone with information to contact us immediately."
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 794 of 27 October or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.