Family escapes intense fire that left house badly damaged

The damage to the roof caused by the fire.

The damage to the roof caused by the fire.

First published in News

This picture shows the damage caused by a raging fire that led to a family of four fleeing their burning home.

Flames from an overheated halogen light tore through the roof.

The two adults and two teenagers were only alerted to the unfolding drama by neighbours.

When firefighters arrived at the detached house in Sherburn Grove, Birkenshaw just before 10pm last night, the whole roof was alight.

At its peak, 15 firefighters from Cleckheaton, Bradford and Batley were involved in tackling the blaze from inside and out with the help of an aerial appliance.

Crews were at the scene for about three hours but, despite their best efforts, extensive damage was done to furniture and belongings in the house from smoke and water, said Cleckheaton watch commander Damian Cameron.

He added: "Our hearts really went out to the family for what they are going through. They will not be able to go back for some time."

Parts of the roof have collapsed and the burned-out shell has since been covered by protective sheets to try and stop any further damage.

A fire investigation has been carried out and the cause is believed to have been an overheated halogen light fixed into the ceiling of the first floor.

Insurance assessors are due at the scene later today.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree