IN VIDEO and PICTURES: Three adults and dog evacuated after severe house blaze breaks out
Three people were evacuated from a large house fire in Walsall which has left the home 'severely damaged'.
All three escaped serious injury while a dog also survived the blaze on Elmstead Close.
Crews were called to the scene around 5pm yesterday afternoon.
Six pumps descended on the residential street and firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the property immediately to tackle the flames which were extinguished within 15 minutes.
It is suspected the blaze originated from the ground floor but fire investigators are yet to determine the actual cause.
Both the ground and first floors have received major fire damage but firefighters managed to tackle the flames in time to stop it spreading to neighbouring homes.
Watch commander Kevin Eaves from Sutton Coldfield fire station said: "Initial crews immediately requested additional resources due to the severity of the fire.
"The property was heavily involved in fire. Breathing apparatus crews quickly attended to begin extinguishing the flames. Three people were in there, all adults, none were injured they just suffered from shock.
"They were given precautionary checks by paramedics. There was one dog in there which survived as well.
"Firefighters adopted a 'safe but assertive' fire attack. They extinguished the fire after ten to 15 minutes."
He added: "The house has been severely damaged. Firefighters are still on site dampening down and ensuring there are no pockets fire.
"Investigators will confirm cause in next couple of days. It was lucky no one was injured. The actions of the fire crews stopped the fire from spreading.
"At its height the flames could be seen through the windows."
Local resident Roger Haigh, aged 72, said: "It is very sad. I came down after my wife told me about it. I am relieved no one was hurt. There are quite a few appliances here the fire must have really took hold."
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