Two people have died following a fire and an explosion at a house in Derbyshire at Valley View Road in Riddings, near Alfreton. The blaze was reported at around 7.30am and fire fighters were prevented from entering the house for several hours at the structure was described as ‘too dangerous’ for fire crews to enter.
Six fire tenders, an aerial platform and a command support unit are at the scene. A number of Ambulances were also at the scene. Derbyshire Fire Brigade summoned a team of structural engineers to attend the incident in order to asses the structure. A specialist fire investigation team is also at the scene.
Derbyshire Police’s Chief Inspector Steve Pont said: “We’ve been able to make the house safe and search the property and I can confirm that unfortunately there are two bodies in the property. “We believe that it’s the husband and wife that live at the property but we’ve not been able to formerly identify them at this time. We do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances. However, we are in the very early stages of our investigation. We’ve got a difficult job ahead of us now but while we are doing that we are all thinking about the families.”
David Lovett, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said “Three specialist Search and rescue teams from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are assisting the team and in conjunction with a Buildings Inspector they are surveying the property and making plans to make the structure safe so we can get inside.”