Fire crews spent more than six hours battling a blaze at a family home after flames spread through a loft conversion and caused the roof to collapse.
More than 30 firefighters from across the city rushed to the house in Crewe Terrace, Pilton, just after 11.40am yesterday.
It is understood no one was injured in the blaze, but last night crews said they were still searching for a dog and cat. Residents said the couple who lived in the home – believed to be in their 50s – had been left “devastated”.
A teenage boy is also believed to live at the address but was not at home at the time of the fire. It is not yet known how the blaze started.
Next-door neighbour Dylan Haggarty said flames had leapt six foot into the air when the fire was at its fiercest, causing the roof to collapse about an hour into the blaze.
The 24-year-old said: “I just came back from the gym this morning and could smell something pretty fierce. I went back outside and saw all my neighbours holding their little hamsters and budgies outside on the street as the fire crews arrived. It was a pretty huge fire.”
He added: “It was a horrible scene. They wouldn’t let me back into my house for two or three hours. There was no one in the house while the fire was happening – it was just the pets. But there was a lot of police cars and two ambulances.”
A fire service spokesman said damage to the house had been “fairly extensive” and investigations were continuing.