A FAMILY leapt to the rescue of their neighbours after returning home from a day out to find their homes engulfed in flames.
They were forced into action after arriving back at their Uxbridge Street home to discover a fire at around 6.30pm on Sunday.
The neighbours, who were unaware that a fire was in progress, were helped to safety after 999 was called. The group then waited outside for firefighters to arrive and put out the fire.
The blaze was so fierce that firefighters were unable to enter the room where the fire began until hoses were used to bring the temperature of the fire down.
Station manager Andy Kinsman said: &8220;All occupants were outside on our arrival and were thankfully ok.
&8220;Two bedrooms have been severely damaged in the fire and one of the bathrooms was smoke logged.
&8220;The fire was confined to the upstairs of the properties which is where the majority of the damage is, there has been some smoke logging to the rest of the properties however.
&8220;There was one smoke alarm fitted in the property where the fire started but it wasn&8217;t working so there was no early warning to the fire.
&8220;The occupants arrived home and felt heat coming from upstairs, which indicates the fire had been burning for some time before they came back.
&8220;We are currently carrying out a fire investigation to try and establish how the fire started.
&8220;We are not treating the fire as suspicious at this stage of the investigation.&8221;
Firefighters also had to force entry another neighbouring property to check if the fire had spread - the occupants of that house were not home at the time and luckily the fire had not spread into that property.
Two fire engines from Burton, one from Tutbury and the aerial ladder platform from Burton attended the scene.
Firefighters left the scene last night at 10.30pm but will returning throughout the week to speak to neighbouring properties about fire safety and offer free home fire risk checks.
To book a free check call 08000 241999 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp