PARAMEDICS and other emergency crews raced to blazes at homes in Herefordshire over the weekend.

The ambulance service was called to two fires in Herefordshire on Sunday. 

Both were at around the same time, at about 4.25pm, in Hereford and Eardisley respectively. 

The former involved a garage fire at a property off Belmont Road.

Three fire engines from Hereford, plus one each from Ewyas Harold and Peterchurch, and the incident command unit from Ledbury, were sent to the scene. 


A spokesperson for Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: "A fire in a garage was extinguished by two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose reel jet.

"An internal and external examination was carried out using a nine-metre ladder and a thermal imaging camera. Gas and electrics were isolated and National Grid were requested to attend to inspect damage to overhead cables.

"A male casualty in his 80s was checked for smoke inhalation and an ambulance also attended.

"The incident was marked as pending closure at 6.10pm with a reinspection taking place at 8pm to check the loft space. The incident was closed at 9.30pm."

Hereford Times: Smoke billowed in the air after a garage caught fire in HerefordSmoke billowed in the air after a garage caught fire in Hereford (Image: Hereford Fire Station)

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed a man was assessed and discharged at the scene. 

Meanwhile, two fire crews were called to a house fire in Upcott Lane, near Eardisley.

There was a small fire in the bedroom window frame of a half-timbered, listed property. 

One hose reel jet was used to extinguish the fire and cutting away was carried out using small tools. The fire was caused by sunlight reflecting onto a curtain from a mirror.

The male homeowner was checked for smoke inhalation and handed over to the care of the ambulance service. After being assessed, he was discharged.