The fire service is urging the public to ensure they have working smoke alarms following a large house fire in Tamworth.
Thankfully, no one was inside when this fire started which meant no one was hurt. However, the house is severely damaged by fire and the residents will not be able to return for some time.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Deer Park Road at 9pm yesterday (Sunday) to reports of a fire at a semi-detached house.
Crews from Tamworth, Tutbury, Chase Terrace, Cannock, Lichfield and the aerial ladder platform from Longton attended and found the property well alight. The fire had spread throughout the entire house and into the roof space of the neighbouring house.
Firefighters used three hose reel jets, a main jet and wore six breathing apparatus to tackle the fire. There were concerns the occupiers may have been inside so a full search was carried out but no one was in the house at the time of the incident. However, two dogs were in the home but managed to escape through a door flap before crews arrived and were safe and well.
A fire investigation was carried out and found the blaze started due to a fault in an electrical consumer unit in the hallway. During the incident it was found there were no working smoke alarms in the property.
Fire Investigation Officer Gary Fox said: “Thankfully, no one was inside when this fire started which meant no one was hurt. However, the house is severely damaged by fire and the residents will not be able to return for some time.
"This incident serves as a reminder to always ensure you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them regularly.”