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IN PICTURES and VIDEO: Twenty evacuated as house blaze breaks out in Shrewsbury

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Twenty people were evacuated after smoke spread through a row of terraced houses early on Sunday morning.

The residents of a terrace row of houses in Albert Gardens, Sundorne were awoken to the smell of smoke at just before 7am.

Fire crews raced to the scene and quickly tackled the blaze, which had started in the porch and which is not being treated as suspicious.

Two women were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and shock, with one being taken to hospital.

The householders from the 10 two-storey homes were evacuated while the emergency crews worked to put out the fire. The majority were allowed back into their properties by mid-morning.

A Shropshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "At 6.46am on Sunday Fire Control received a call reporting a house fire in Shrewsbury.

"Five fire appliances were sent to the scene from Baschurch, Prees and Shrewsbury. Operations, safety and principal officers were also in attendance.

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Crews used breathing apparatus, covering jets and hosereel jets to tackle the fire.

Also at the scene were member of the Ambulance Service, the Police and Shropshire Council.

"It was a fire involving a mid terrace property, which has caused a large amount of smoke logging in adjacent properties. One female suffered from smoke inhalation and shock and has been treated by ambulance.

"Crews used four breathing apparatus, three main jets, two hose reel jets, two nine metre ladders, one short extension ladder and small tools."

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Once the flames were extinguished, fire investigators were on scene to find out the cause of the fire.

Murray MacGregor, a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "A woman estimated to be in her 60s was brought out of the mid-terraced property by firefighters. She was suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

"She was treated by ambulance staff at the scene before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment.

"A number of residents were evacuated from neighbouring properties due to the risk of the fire spreading.

"A second woman from another home was also checked over by ambulance staff but she was discharged on scene.

"The paramedic officer remained on scene until firefighters had brought the blaze under control and ruled out any further outbreaks; he finally cleared at about 8.25am."

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