Woman killed after blaze rips through family home as two others escape


A woman died in the house fire (Picture: PA)

A woman has died and two people have been rescued after a severe house fire in Smethwick, near Birmingham.

The blaze tore through the family home during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Neighbours raised the alarm at around 4.30am, including a taxi driver who was returning from his shift, according to the Express and Star.

The woman who died is believed to have been in her 30s and was in an upstairs bedroom when the fire took hold.

Firefighters found her unconscious and she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards, West Midlands Fire Service said.

Two other people, believed to be the woman’s mother and father who are aged in their 50s, were in the house but managed to escape.

Four fire engines and 19 firefighters responded, from Oldbury, West Bromwich, Woodgate Valley and Smethwick fire stations.

Pictures this morning showed the extent of the damage to the semi-detached home, with the windows burnt out and the front of the building blackened and charred.

West Midlands Fire Service said: ‘We’re saddened to confirm the death of a woman who was this morning rescued by our crews from a severe house fire in Harvest Road, Smethwick.

Pictures this morning showed the extent of the damage to the family home (PIcture: Oldbury Fire Station)
The woman was thought to have been in an upper floor bedroom when the fire broke out (Picture: PA)

‘Firefighters also led a man and a second woman to safety. Our thoughts are with them and everyone affected by this incident.’

Neighbours of those affected by the fire responded to thank firefighters for their fast actions on the scene.

One said: ‘This is my neighbour, your team have done an amazing job controlling the situation. My prayers go out to the family involved.’

19 firefighters were on the scene (Picture: PA)
It’s not known what caused the fire to break out (Picture: PA)

Another added: ‘Well done to all involved for containing the fire. This is my next door neighbours house. Prayers and thoughts to all those involved.’

The fire service added: ‘The fire was confirmed to be out by 6.20am and, an hour later, our resources at the scene were scaled down to one fire engine.

‘Investigators from West Midlands Fire Service will be working with police colleagues to establish how the fire started.’

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