Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people who haven't had their free Home Fire Risk Check yet to arrange one now following a kitchen fire in a flat on City Road in Fenton.
A call was received today at 12.20pm after smoke detectors alerted the second floor occupants to the fire. The occupier of this flat, a 79 year old lady, was in a neighbour's flat at the time of the fire and was treated for shock at the scene by firefighters.
One crew from Hanley and two crews from Longton, including the aerial ladder platform, attended the incident which was caused by a fault in the control panel of the occupant's washing machine.
"The smoke detectors played a crucial role in alerting the flat occupiers to this fire quickly, meaning we were able to contain and extinguish the blaze before it spread to any other kitchen appliances.
“The lady occupier of the flat was obviously very shocked by this incident but she had done everything right as she had working smoke detectors and had switched the appliance off."
Station Manager, Mick Daniels
Twelve firefighters tackled the fire using one hose reel jet and the entire second floor of the building was evacuated after the hallway smoke detector alerted them to the fire.
The fire has left the washing machine severely fire damaged and has caused substantial smoke damage to the kitchen and living areas, however it could have been much worse if the smoke alarms hadn’t provided early detection.
Mick continued, "We have replaced the smoke detector in the hallway free of charge as it was damaged from the heat and smoke, and we can provide the same service for anyone in Staffordshire – you just need to give us a call on 0800 0241 999 to book a free Home Fire Risk Check."
The incident was closed at 1.50pm.