Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people in East Staffordshire to check they have operating smoke alarms following a house fire on Manor Close in Uttoxeter during the early hours of this morning.
Two crews from Uttoxeter and Abbots Bromley were called to the incident at around 1.20am. Upon arrival firefighters were met with a fire on the ground floor of the property.
A family of four were inside of the property at the time of the fire – however thanks to the two operating smoke alarms the family were given early warning of the fire and escaped the property unharmed.
"This incident highlights just how important it is to ensure that you have working smoke alarms inside of your home. They really are life savers – in the event of a fire in your home they provide those extra crucial seconds to make your escape. Had this family not been awoken when they were we may be looking at a much more serious incident."
Station Manager, Paul Richins
Following a fire investigation the fire is believed to have been started accidentally due to a portable heater which had been left unattended. The radiated heat coming from the portable heater, resulted in the nearby curtains and clothing catching alight.
Paul continued, "We would also like to remind people who use portable heaters to ensure they are always placed away from draping materials such as curtains and never to use them to dry clothing."