A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a house fire in Hereford last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Charles Witts Avenue at 7pm and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene, with the first resource arriving three minutes after the call was received.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered two patients.

“One of whom, a man, was found to have suffered serious injuries in the incident. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation before being taken to Hereford County Hospital.”