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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen Fire in May Bank

Firefighters are warning of the dangers of not testing smoke alarms following a dishwasher fire in North Staffordshire.

“The dishwasher had caught fire and due to the smoke alarms not working and the doors being left open, substantial smoke damage occurred quite quickly and has left the property uninhabitable."

The incident involved a fire in the kitchen of a property on Marina Drive, May Bank in Newcastle last night. Two crews from Newcastle and Burslem attended the incident, following an emergency call at 8.00pm. The occupier had already safely evacuated the property when firefighters arrived at the scene.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using one hose reel jet. Station Manager, Ian Housley said: “In this instance the occupier was very lucky in that she managed to exit the property before the smoke caused her any serous harm.

“The dishwasher had caught fire and due to the smoke alarms not working and the doors being left open, substantial smoke damage occurred quite quickly and has left the property uninhabitable.

“We urge local people to check their smoke alarms weekly and we can offer free home fire risk checks at convenient times. This incident has caused the family unnecessary stress which could have been avoided had the smoke detectors been working.

“We also advise people not to leave appliances turned on and unattended, especially overnight. Early detection is crucial for these types of incidents and it is lucky that the occupier had not already gone to bed.”

The incident was closed at 9.20 pm.