A TUMBLE dryer has been blamed for a severe blaze at a Blackheath home this afternoon (Sunday) which left a family pet dead.

Fire crews from Cradley Heath, Oldbury and Aston were called out to a house in Meadow Road just before 1pm.

A fierce fire was raging in the understairs cupboard on the ground floor of the semi detached property when firefighters arrived but no occupants were inside.

No-one was hurt but a dog died as a result of the blaze which firefighters say was caused by a tumble dryer in the understairs storage cupboard.

Police also attended the incident.