MULTIPLE fire crews have been called to battle a blaze in a house in Herefordshire.

Six fire engines, an aerial ladder platform, the incident command unit, environmental protection unit, incident support, the drone from Ledbury, and the water carrier from Leominster were among those called to tackle a roof fire in Ashperton, near Ledbury, yesterday (May 4).

A Ledbury fire service spokesperson said firefighters from the town were called to the fire, which had started in a chimney.

"Unfortunately it had spread to the roof space but the initial crew worked extremely hard and with the support of Fownhope fire station, Hereford fire station, Bromyard fire station, Ross fire station, Droitwich fire station, Leominster fire station, and Wyre Forest fire station it was contained to the roof saving much of the property," the spokesperson said.

"No casualties thankfully."

A fire service spokesperson confirmed that crews were called to the scene ar 7.11pm on May 4, finding that the fire had spread to the roof space and the roof of the property was fully engulfed in fire.

The fire was fought using water augmented with the light portable pump from a garden lake while a compressed air foam system was deployed from the aerial ladder platform.

One hosereel jet and one main jet were used with crews removing roof tiles and cutting away the interior of the roof and carrying out salvage operations.

Drains to the water course and a fishing lake were blocked up using an inflatable drain blocker.

Overnight, the incident was scaled down to one fire engine with crew on a watching brief and damping down hot spots in the roof space using a hosereel and cutting away.