Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Couple escape harm as caravan fire threatens home
The blaze started in the caravan in the front garden of the property in The Avenue, Hartshill, Staffordshire on Saturday 20th November.
An off-duty police officer raised the alarm after riding past the house on his bike and noticing the caravan was alight.
Neighbours said he banged on the door of the house and awoke the couple inside before calling 999.
Three fire crews from Longton and Newcastle were called to the scene at about 3.45am and managed to bring the blaze under control within half an hour.
Scenes of crime officers spent Saturday morning examining the scene to try to establish the cause of the blaze.
The front door and entrance hall of the detached house were badly damaged by the fire and the caravan was destroyed.
A neighbour said: "Few people would have been around at that time in the morning, so we dread to think what could have happened if the policemen hadn't happened to be there. He deserves high praise for his actions."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Our officers left the scene about seven hours later and left the inquiry in the hands of police forensic experts who were still gathering evidence.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "The circumstances are unknown as yet and are being looked into by ourselves and the fire and rescue service. At present we can't say if it was started deliberately."