Woman and 12-year-old boy fight for lives in critical condition following house fire

A woman and a 12-year-old boy are in a critical condition fighting for their lives in hospital after being rescued from a devastating house fire. Emergency services were called to a property on Dudley Road in Honeybourne, Evesham, Worcs., at 12.18pm on Tuesday (30/5). Fire crews were able to retrieve the child and 45-year-old woman from the burning building as flames engulfed two floors. Both victims were assessed for life-threatening injuries and taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Children's Hospital for further treatment. West Mercia Police confirmed today (Wed) both of them remained in a critical condition. A police spokesperson said: "We were called by the fire service at 12.20pm on Tuesday 30 May to a house fire on Dudley Road in Honeybourne. "Two people, a 45-year-old woman and a 12-year-old child, were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. They remain in a critical condition. "The circumstances are not yet fully known and an investigation is underway. "At this stage it appears an isolated incident and no other people are believed to be involved". The woman and boy were rescued from a first-floor window and three dogs were also retrieved from the property. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the fire was extinguished just before 1pm. Crews from Evesham, Broadway and Pershore Fire Stations all attended, along with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service's crew from Alcester. Six breathing apparatus units and one hose reel jet were used to tackle the severe blaze. A fire service spokesperson said: "A severe fire involving a semi-detached, two-storey house affected both the ground and first floors. “A woman and a boy were rescued from a first-floor bedroom by fire service personnel wearing breathing apparatus. “They were left in the care of the ambulance service who were in attendance with the air ambulance. “All people were accounted for and neighbouring properties were checked. “The fire was fully extinguished by 12.56pm while three dogs had also been rescued from the property." A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said three ambulances, one paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), two Midland Air Ambulances and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene. They added: “Upon arrival at the scene we found a woman and a child who had been extricated from the property by the fire service. “They were assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life-threatening injuries. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support to them at the scene. “The woman was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance for further treatment. “The child was conveyed to Birmingham Children's Hospital by air ambulance for further treatment.”