Electrical fault causes roof fire

Copse Road, Knowle, Bristol

The roof of a terraced property was destroyed after an electrical fault caused a fire in the attic.

Three fire appliances from Temple and Patchway fire stations were called after neighbours saw smoke coming from the roof of the property. On arrival crews found a well developed blaze in the attic of the home and used jets and hose reels to bring the fire under control.

Two firefighters in breathing apparatus also entered the property to assist in the operation.

As a result of their efforts, the blaze was contained to the roof space and was prevented from spreading further into the house or a neighbouring property.

As well as extensive damage to the roof and attic, water damage was also caused to the first floor of the property by the firefighting operation.

The occupants of the house were alerted to the fire by neighbours and were able to escape the property unhurt before the arrival of the fire crews. 

The cause of the blaze was thought to be accidental as a result of an electrical fault in the attic.