UPDATE from Thames Valley Police, 6 April
UPDATE as of 4pm, 6 April
Following the serious fatal fire in Erleigh Road, Reading, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has now left the scene.
Following the Fire Investigation, the cause has been confirmed as accidental.
Our thoughts remain firmly with the friends, family and local community affected by this incident.
Next week, our teams will be present in the local area, offering advice, guidance and support following this tragic fire.
UPDATE as of 2pm, 5 April
Following a house fire in Erleigh Road, Reading, a woman has sadly died.
We responded, alongside Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service to reports of a large house fire at 1:15am on Wednesday, 5 April.
Four firefighters in breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the fire. One person has died in the fire and a number of others have been seriously injured and are being treated in hospital.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who died.
We will be working alongside Thames Valley Police to conduct a full fire investigation to determine the cause, although there currently doesn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding this fire.
We will likely remain on the scene for some time. Thank you for your ongoing patience.
At 1:15am on Wednesday, 5 April, we received reports of a serious house fire on Erleigh Road in Reading.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews from Wokingham Road, Caversham Road, Whitley Wood, Wokingham, Theale, Bracknell, Slough, Ascot and Windsor were all sent to the scene. Additionally, the Incident Command Unit and three Officers attended.
The fire has now been extinguished by crews. There were some serious injuries to the occupants who are now being treated in hospital. Firefighters have been on the scene overnight and a fire engine will likely remain on the scene for some time. Officers will be working alongside Thames Valley Police to conduct a joint investigation.
We would encourage people to avoid the area wherever possible. Thank you for your ongoing patience.