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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Severe Fire in Whitmore Heath

06/12/2012

Over 30 firefighters are currently still tackling a severe roof fire at a detached property on Heath Road in Whitmore Heath.

"The first floor has been severely damaged by the fire, as the roof has collapsed."

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan

Fire engines from Newcastle, Ashley, Hanley and Longton are in attendance as well as the aerial ladder platform from Longton and the Damage Limitation Unit.

A neighbour called 999 at 11.14am this morning to report flames coming from the roof; no one was in the property when the fire broke out.

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan said: “The fire is now mostly out however there are still parts of the roof remains smouldering so the aerial ladder platform is continuing to spray water down onto the house.

“We have the Damage Limitation Unit in attendance to try and salvage as much of the downstairs of the property as possible. The first floor has been severely damaged by the fire, as the roof has collapsed.

“It’s difficult to say at this stage what caused the fire however there are no suspicious circumstances. We will be seeking the advice of a building inspector before attempting to enter the property to carry out a fire investigation.”

Crews are likely to remain on scene for some time continuing to damp down and salvage some of the house contents.