Four crews attend house fire, Defford Drive, Oldbury

Four fire engines mobilised to fire in the first-floor bedroom of a residential property on Defford Drive, Oldbury.

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Published on 31 January 2023
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Crews attended in under 4 minutes

Defford Drive, Oldbury, UK

At 1:21pm we were called to reports of smoke and flames coming from the first floor of a semi-detached property on Defford Drive, Oldbury.

Crews from Oldbury, Haden Cross, Handsworth and Smethwick attended the incident, with the first crew arriving in under four minutes.

The incident involves a fire in the first-floor bedroom of a residential property. The fire has affected 100% of the first floor and 50% of the property overall.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus are tackling the fire using a hose reel jet and covering jet.

West Midlands Ambulance and West Midlands Police are also on the scene.

At this time, Defford Drive is closed. Local residents are asked to avoid the area.

 

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Good progress has been made at this incident.

Our crews have extinguished the fire.

A multi-agency brief is due to take place shortly with attending police and ambulance crews.

Our crews continue to make the scene safe and investigations into the cause will commence soon.

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Following liaison with West Midlands Police, we are sadly able to confirm that a gentleman in his 70s was involved in the incident and was confirmed dead at the scene.

West Midlands Police are supporting the family involved.

Our fire investigations, which are continuing, are also being supported by West Midlands Police.

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Fire investigation officers remain at the property and investigations continue into the cause of the incident.

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We would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family of a man who lost his life in a fire in Defford Drive, Oldbury on Tuesday afternoon.

A detailed examination of the scene took place in the days following the incident, with forensic investigators from West Midlands Police assisting our Fire Investigation Officers.

The investigation is now complete and details of how our fire investigators believe the fire started will be included in a full report to HM Coroner.

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