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Properties evacuated after fire at Worcester B&B
Update 4.40pm: Mike Cunningham, head of technical fire safety for Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, praised the managers of the property for their actions.
He said: “The actions of the owners and managers of the City Guest House undoubtedly prevented anyone from getting seriously hurt in the fire.
“Fire prevention had been taken seriously at this property, which meant that fire doors prevented the fire spreading and a good alarm system alerted all of the occupants. The duty manager also carried out a safe evacuation.
“Fortunately the fire was contained to one of the bedrooms but if the fire procedures hadn’t been so good there is no doubt the fire would have spread throughout the property, which would have put lives at risk.”
THREE properties were evacuated after a fire broke out at a Worcester bed and breakfast last night.
Four fire engines were called to the incident at City Guest House, Barbourne Road, just before 11.30pm, where a first floor bedroom was on fire.
Station Commander Mark Strutt, from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Thanks to the swift actions of the first crews at the scene, fire damage was confined to the bedroom where the fire started.
“However, there was heavy smoke logging throughout the guest house and the adjoining guest houses either side of the property, and all three were evacuated during the incident.”
The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service attended and that several residents were rehoused.
Police and fire officers are investigating the cause of the fire, which saw six firefighters in breathing apparatus use three hose reels and one covering jet to extinguish the blaze.