A CHIMNEY fire at a Bradfield house spread to the roof this afternoon (Tues), forcing an elderly couple to seek alternative accommodation.
Firefighters were called at around 4pm from stations including Newbury , Tilehurst and Whitley Wood, to a chimney fire at a house in Bishops Road, Tutts Clump, with a slate roof.
Neighbour, Tim Wale, the managing director of Tutts Clump Cider, who was at the scene, said an elderly couple at the property were shocked, but unhurt, after the fire broke out in the roof space of the house.
"The roof was more or less destroyed and the house water damaged," said Mr Wale, adding the firefighters' swift action had saved the rest of the property.
The couple, he said, were staying in a vacant neighbours' house overnight.