Fire and Rescue Crews from Tamworth and two appliances from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service attended a house fire in Clifford Street, Tamworth, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The call was received at 4.07am reporting the incident which involved a fire at a two storey semi-detached property.
Upon arrival the roof of the house was well alight and the fire had spread through the loft to the neighbouring property.
The aerial ladder platform was used to allow firefighters to access the roof.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus forced entry to the neighbouring property as the occupants were out at the time.
Station Manager Paul Richins said: “The family did the right thing by making their way out of the property to safety. They remained out and called the fire service using a mobile phone.”
The first floor of the house was completely destroyed by fire and damaged throughout by smoke and heat.
The first floor of the neighbouring property was also destroyed by the fire. Both properties lost the roof and have been damaged by water.
Fire crews remained at the scene for several hours damping down.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.
The incident was closed at 5.15pm.