AN ELDERLY woman has suffered burns to her back after her home went up in flames in Redditch in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).
Firefighters from Redditch and Bromsgrove were called to the home in Crabbs Cross Lane at about 2.41am and saw the bungalow was smoke logged which can potentially be fatal.
They found the woman, in her 70s, traped inside but managed to rescue her from the blaze.
The crews called for an ambulance and paramedics treated her at the scene before taking her to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.
Station Commander Stuart Crebbin said: “I would like to thank all of the emergency services that attended this incident for their quick response. Each service played a vital role in bringing the incident to a close by working together. I have no doubt that the rapid action of the first attending fire crews from Redditch and Bromsgrove has saved the life of the occupier who was trapped by fire.
“The fire started in a bedroom and, although relatively small in size, posed a significant risk due to the large quantities of toxic smoke which filled the room and hallways.”
Group Commander Adrian Elliott added: “A fire investigation is currently underway to identify the cause. I would encourage people to test their smoke alarms are working on a weekly basis. If you have any vulnerable friends, family or neighbours, help them to test theirs too. If you require further advice on fire safety or would like to call the Community Risk Department to see if you qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check please call 0800 032 1155.”