A FUNDRAISER has been launched to help support a Redditch family after a 'devastating' house fire left them with 'nothing but the clothes on their backs.'

Three people, who suffered smoke inhalation, were rushed to Alexandra Hospital following a fire in Edgeworth Close on Monday (November 23).

Following the 'horrific' fire, family friend Charlotte Paris set up a GoFundMe page, which has now raised well over £2000 for the family.

She said: "My beautiful close friend and her family were awoken to a house fire which took all their belongings and sadly their dog died.

"They have nothing but the clothes on their backs. I am asking for any donations no matter how big or small to help them through this awful tragedy. I am so grateful they all made it out safely and appreciate all generosity."

On Twitter, Support Redditch Emergency Network said: "St Andrew’s Church in Church Hill will be creating a donation drop zone for clothing and other items. We will provide support until these donations are sorted and provided to the family."

Neighbours and residents, who did not wish to be named, spoke about their shock following the brutal fire.

One neighbour told The Advertiser: "It was horrifying".

"I heard somebody shouting just around seven o'clock. The next thing I heard was people running down the stairs.

"I could see the reflection of the flames in the window. It went up in minutes. It could have been so much worse."

Another said: "We heard shouting next door. It was just so quick, it was a fierce fire.

"Within five minutes it went right through the house. Everybody is safe and we are grateful for that. I thought my house was going to be next.

"The fire brigade were absolutely wonderful. I can't praise them enough. We are lucky to have them."

Another Edgeworth Close resident said: "It was horrific, I have never seen anything like it.

"You would never think something like this would happen in front of your house. It was devastating. I can't imagine what the family are going through. All of us will be having some nightmares for a few nights."

People can donate to the fundraiser by clicking here.