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FIRECREWS were called to tackle a blaze which tore through a family home in Sileby last night.

The incident happened shortly before 1am last night (Thursday, February 17) and crews from Birstall, Loughborough, East Leake, Shepshed, Wigston, Kibworth and Leicester’s Central and Eastern fire stations were involved in fighting the fire throughout the night.

Picture: Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Shepshed Station Facebook

Two families are said to have been evacuated from properties in Greedon Rise, Sileby as a result of the incident.

On arrival firefighters found the roof of a semi detached property fully involved in fire. It had spread to the roof space in the adjoining property.

Although the cause of the fire is not clear, a spokesman for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service shared a photo of the blaze online, alongside advice designed to reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home.

“Most fires in the home start accidentally and the effects of these can be devastating,” they said.

“It’s important you know how to reduce the chances of a fire starting in your home to help keep yourself, your family and your property safe from fire.

“The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with working smoke alarms. We advise you to fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home,” they added.

“The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room, and on the hallway and landing, so you can hear an alarm throughout your home.”

No one is thought to have been injured as a result of the blaze, which was under control by 5.30am.

An investigation into its origin is currently underway.

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