Swansea family home destroyed by fire that left five people in hospital
A family of five from Swansea has been left homeless after a fire ripped through their home and destroyed everything inside.
Three adults and two children were taken to hospital after a fire broke out at around 11.20pm on Thursday at a house in Burrows Roads in the Sandfields area of Swansea .
The family were discharged from hospital but their house has been destroyed.
Kabir Ahammed lived in the house with his 68-year-old mother along with his wife and their two young children.
He said they had been left with nothing.
"We don't know where we are going to sleep tonight – our house is completely destroyed," he said. "A friend has put us up for the night but he only has one spare room – it's not big enough for the five of us.
"We are desperate for any temporary accommodation in the Sandfields area. My kids go to school nearby and I work close by too.
"We really need somewhere soon."
Mr Ahammed was at work when he got the phone call from his wife to say that she had heard a bang and the TV wasn't working.
He added: "My wife could smell a funny smell and that's when she realised the house was on fire. She and my mother managed to get the kids out by the back door."
The fire was put out within the hour but the damage has utterly gutted the inside of the property.
A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire Service said they were called at 11.19pm on Thursday and crews from Swansea Central, Swansea West, and Morriston were sent to the scene.
"The fire involved a mid-terraced property measuring approximately six metres by 10 metres and was extinguished by firefighters using six breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets, and two thermal imaging cameras.
"Three adults and two children were taken to hospital by the ambulance service. The fire service left the incident with the police at 1.09am. The cause of the fire is under investigation."
Station manager Will Bowen added: “Whilst the cause of the fire is under investigation this incident highlights the need for every home to have working smoke alarms fitted. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service can fit smoke alarms for free through our Safe and Well Visit scheme. We will also discuss fire action plans to help people get out safely in the event of a fire.”