Three people were forced to flee after a blaze ripped through two neighbouring houses in Shropshire.
Thirty five firefighters were called to tackle the blaze which is believed to have started in a shed between two detached homes in Shrewsbury.
The fire spread and caused severe damage the two properties in Tilstock Crescent, Sutton Farm.
Two women and a man, who have not been named, escaped as the blaze took hold yesterday at about 4.30pm.
Its cause being investigated by fire crews and police, who sealed off the road at the height of the fire. Fire officers said a woman in one of the homes ran outside after smelling smoke to see flames billowing from her roof.
She grabbed her neighbours, believed to be a middle-aged couple, after realising the fire had spread next door.
Neil Griffiths, incident commander for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said it was a very severe house fire and it was lucky no-one had been injured.
“The fire involved two premises and started between the two buildings,” he said.
“It quickly spread into the roof spaces and caused significant damage to both.
Meanwhile, a fire at Shrewsbury Amateur Boxing Club on Smithfield Road in Shrewsbury at midnight last night is under investigation by firefighters today.