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Man suffers burns after severe fire spreads to houses from van


A man suffered burns to his arms, chest and neck after a van fire spread to two nearby houses in Wolverhampton.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the blaze in Pencombe Drive, Goldthorn Park, at about 6.15pm today, Monday, September 20.

The man, in his 30s, was taken to hospital with “substantial burns” to his upper body after the severe blaze, the fire service said.

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Five fire crews used four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and one main jet to extinguish the blaze which had destroyed 50 per cent of the two-storey semi-detached property nearest the van and 10 per cent of the home next door.

The cause of the fire was not yet known, West Midlands Fire Service said.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Fire Service said: “We got the call at 6.14pm to a severe house fire which had spread from a commercial van.

“It had also spread to the neighbouring property.

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“We have a casualty suffering burns to the upper body who has gone to hospital for treatment.

“The man had self-extricated prior to our arrival and in doing so was burnt.

“50 per cent of the property was affected by the fire and 10 per cent of the neighbouring property. There was also smoke logging.

“They used four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets and one main jet.

“We’ve asked for the gas board as there’s an external gas pipe.

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“Police and ambulance are there as well.

“We’re now waiting for the electrical engineer to make it safe and ventilating.

“There’s a bit of diesel spillage coming from the van so we’re mopping that up as well.

“Fire investigation is there. They haven’t indicated anything for the cause.”

West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service have been asked to comment.

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