A village community has rallied round to help families who have been affected by a fire in the area. The incident happened in Rocester on Thursday (March 31) and saw a number of families being evacuated by police from their homes for safety reasons.
A village community has rallied round to help families who have been affected by a fire in the area.
The incident happened in Rocester on Thursday (March 31) and saw a number of families being evacuated by police from their homes for safety reasons.
Since the incident, an online fundraising page has been set up to help those affected by the blaze – a ‘Go Fund Me’ site where more than £4,500 has already been raised.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service said of the incident: “Multiple fire crews have attended a fire which spread across a small number of properties in East Staffordshire on Thursday (March 31).
“Firefighters from Longton, Tutbury, Burton-upon-Trent, Cheadle and Ipstones were called to an address near Mill Street, Rocester, at 7pm.
“Upon attendance, crews discovered a fire involving three properties. No one was reported injured.”
They added: “Staffordshire Police helped to evacuate nearby residents on Church Lane and Abbey Road.
“An aerial ladder platform, three main jets, two hose reel jets and breathing apparatus were used by crews to contain the fire to a confined area.
“The fire was successfully extinguished shortly before 3am.”
They added: “A thermal scan of the area was conducted in order to ensure residents were able to return to their homes safely.
“An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.”
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Police were called at 7pm on Thursday (March 31) to a residential property near Mill Street, Rocester, following reports of a fire involving multiple properties.
“Officers attended the scene alongside crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and evacuated residents on Church Lane and Abbey Road.
“No-one was injured. The fire was extinguished shortly before 3am and residents were able to safely return to their homes.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”
An online fundraising page has now been set up to support those who have been affected by this incident.
On the ‘Abbey Road, Rocester’ Go Fund Me fundraising page, Amy Bowd, said: “Hi, my name is Amy and I have started this fundraiser to help all families and friends affected by the fire on 31.03.22.”
As of yesterday (Tuesday, April 5), a total of £4,525 had been raised out of the £5,000 target.
Many who have donated have also left messages of support on the Go Fund Me page. One said: “I can’t imagine how everyone is feeling. I hope this Go Fund Me helps even just a little to get those back on their feet as soon as possible.”
Another said: “Money won’t replace the most important things but I hope will go a little way to ease the pain and help you sleep knowing our little village has a big generous heart open to everyone.”
While another said: “I can’t imagine the devastation you are all experiencing. I hope all the donations go a little way to help you all rebuild your homes.”
Anyone wishing to donate can do so by going online to: https://gofund.me/a8a25680
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