Eight people were forced to flee a house after a fire broke out tonight.
Five children were amongst those who escaped unhurt after fire ripped through the upstairs area of their home.
Firefighters were called to an address in Patshull Avenue in Wolverhampton at 6.10pm this evening following reports of a fire in a second floor bedroom.
Three adults and five children made their way out of the property after being alerted when a smoke alarm went off.
One of the three adults present called the fire brigade while the fire spread through the upstairs bedrooms of the house, causing 'severe damage'.
Watch commander Simon Hardiman, of Fallings Park fire station, said: "There were three adults and five children in the property at the time, but fortunately they were all downstairs when the fire happened upstairs.
"One of the smoke alarms went off and the people inside the property had the good sense to flee the building immediately.
"No one was injured, which is the main thing, but there is severe fire damage and severe smoke damage to the upstairs area of the house.
"We are currently investigating the source of the ignition."