A MAN experienced breathing difficulties after a house caught fire in Herefordshire. 

Three fire engines - one from Fownhope, Ross-on-Wye and Hereford - were called to Fawley at 11.05am yesterday (Sunday). 

A fire service spokesperson said the fire had been extinguished prior to the crews' arrival.

"One male casualty, aged around 40, who was suffering from breathing difficulties was handed over to the care of the ambulance service.

"The incident was marked as pending closure at 12.15pm."


An ambulance spokesperson added that the man did not wish to be assessed so was discharged at the scene.

At around the same time, firefighters were tackling a fire at nearby Brockhampton.

It happened at around 9.10am, with the fire, which was caused by woodburner, spreading to the roof space. 

"Crews used a triple extension ladder, chimney rods, working at height gear used and a hose reel to extinguish the fire," said a fire service spokesperson.

"Roof tiles were removed to check for fire spread and dampening down of hot spots was carried out."