WINDOWS and brickwork blew out as 35 firefighters tackled an intense blaze at a three-storey house on Stafford’s Marston Road this afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the mid-terraced property at 12 noon.
Two occupants inside the three storey house were alerted due to smoke alarms and safely evacuated the property prior to the arrival of the Fire Service.
Incident Commander Rob Barber said: “Crews attending the scene were met with a developing fire and whilst tackling the blaze there was a significant increase in its intensity, blowing out the windows and some brickwork on the front of the property.
“Crews have had to work in very difficult conditions,” he said. “At its height, about 35 firefighters and seven appliances were at the scene.
Mr Barber said the fire was now under control and a salvage operation underway.
Residents in several neighbouring homes were evacuated and roads closed in the area while firefighters in breathing apparatus tackled the blaze.