Firefighters were called to Uxbridge Street in Burton at 6.30pm last night after the occupants arrived home following a day out and realised there was a fire in progress.
"There was one smoke alarm fitted in the property but it wasn’t working so there was no early warning to the fire."
Station Manager, Andy Kinsman
The neighbours were alerted to the fire by the occupants; they called 999 immediately then helped the couple to vacate the property to wait for firefighters outside. Two fire engines from Burton, one from Tutbury and the aerial ladder platform from Burton attended the scene.
Hose reel jets were used to tackle the fire which was so fierce that firefighters were unable to enter the room until the hose reel jets had brought the temperature of the fire down.
Firefighters also had to force entry to the neighbouring property to check for fire spread; the occupants of that house were not home at the time and luckily the fire had not spread into that property.
Station Manager, Andy Kinsman said: “Both house occupants were outside on our arrival and were thankfully both ok. Two bedrooms have been severely damaged in the fire and the bathroom is smoke logged. The fire was confined to the upstairs of the property which is where the majority of the damage is, there has been some smoke logging to the rest of the property however.
“There was one smoke alarm fitted in the property but it wasn’t working so there was no early warning to the fire. The occupants arrived home and felt heat coming from upstairs, which indicates the fire had been burning for some time before they came back.
“We are currently carrying out a fire investigation to try and establish how the fire started. We are not treating the fire as suspicious at this stage of the investigation.”
Firefighters left the scene last night at 10.30pm, they will return to the area over the coming days to speak to neighbouring properties about fire safety and offer free Home Fire Risk Checks.