Elderly man and his dog rescued from blaze

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in Sutton Hill, Telford

An elderly Telford man and his pet were rescued from his blazing property on Monday evening.

Fire Control received a 999 call around 10pm and crews from Telford were sent to the scene in Sutton Hill where on arrival at the scene they found the incident to be a domestic garage fully involved in fire.

Shortly before the crews arrived, Fire Control received a 999 call to say a man was believed to inside the building at the rear of the garage. This information was passed to the Officer in Charge at the incident and Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and rescued the elderly gentleman and his dog from the ground floor.

The Officer in Charge was then informed that there were possibly acetylene cylinders in the garage. Covering jets were put in place to extinguish the fire and cool any cylinders, and a cordon around the incident was set up. Local residents were informed to stay in their properties.

Once the fire was extinguished firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able confirm that the cylinders involved were propane.

The elderly gentleman and his dog suffered no injuries and were allowed back into the property later that night. Firefighters found no smoke detectors in his house and fitted two for him before leaving the incident.

In total four fire appliances and an Incident Commander from Shrewsbury attended the incident.

Fire service fire investigation officers are examining the scene to establish the cause of the fire.

27th August, 2007