Property fire in Oswestry

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to reports of a fire at 05:22am this morning (Sunday) at York Street, Oswestry. As a result 3 Appliances were mobilised from Oswestry, Chirk and Ellesmere.

The alarm was raised by a passerby when they saw flames coming from the downstairs of a terraced property. A lady in her 20’s had escaped from the upstairs at the rear of the property onto a ground floor roof, she alerted local residents to the fact that another lady was still inside the property.

Two local residents attempted to enter the front of the property to rescue the lady inside but were beaten back by the flames and the intense heat.

On arrival SFRS found a well developed fire, a team of breathing apparatus wearers with hose reel jets entered the property fighting the fire and attempting to locate the lady inside. They rescued the lady from an upstairs bedroom and she was treated at the scene by ambulance and then conveyed to hospital.

The fire was confined to the ground floor with the first floor severely smoke logged. The cause of the fire is under investigation, however early indications are that this fire is not suspicious.

The property had three smoke alarms, two of which had no batteries, fortunately the third smoke alarm although incorrectly sited activated. It is vitally important that all properties have at least one working smoke alarm per floor which are regularly tested.

For fire safety advice please contact our Community Fire Safety team on 01743 260 200.

15th July, 2012